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Research Advisory Groups

The Office of the Vice President for Research’s (OVPR) mission of supporting and advancing faculty research greatly depends on involvement and input from faculty and from UConn’s schools/colleges.  To that end, the Vice President for Research (VPR) has established research advisory groups to facilitate communication and collaboration between the OVPR and stakeholders across the university.  These groups meet regularly to discuss research-related issues that impact UConn/UConn Health faculty and provide opportunities for faculty to convey concerns to the VPR and the OVPR executive team and to work together to identify and implement solutions.

The President’s Research Advisory Council (PRAC) was created by the Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Radenka Maric, and President Thomas Katsouleas. The membership of the PRAC consists of faculty representatives from each school and college, including UConn Health, as well as student and postdoctoral representatives. The PRAC will serve as a forum to discuss issues and concerns related to research, scholarship, and creative works at UConn and UConn Health and to provide input and guidance to the President and Vice President on relevant institutional policies, practices, and strategic initiatives.  The PRAC will meet twice a semester.  A list of the Council members is available on the membership page.

The Research Deans’ Council (RDC) includes Associate Deans for Research of all UConn/UConn Health schools and colleges.  The RDC is charged with communicating the research priorities of the schools/colleges to the OVPR and representing their interests in discussions regarding research-related policy.  RDC members also advise on internal funding and limited submission internal competitions.  The RDC meets twice a semester during the academic year.  If you have an issue/problem/request that you would like the RDC to consider, please contact the RDC chair or your school/college’s Associate Dean(s) for Research.

The Health Center Research Advisory Council (HCRAC) advises the Vice President for Research and the Research Deans on the development, management, and disposition of the Health Center’s central research resources and intramural grants programs.  For more information on HCRAC responsibilities and programs, please visit their pages on the UConn Health website.