The Research Council is charged with the promotion and development of research and creative activity throughout the university community. The Council serves as adviser to the President, the Senior Vice President and Provost, the Vice President for Research and Partnerships, and the Faculty Senate in matters regarding research. The Council also makes recommendations to the Vice President for Research and Partnerships on the allocation of internal funds in support of the research and creative activity of the faculty.
The primary function of the Council is to evaluate internal proposals requesting university funds for the support of research and creative activities and to make recommendations concerning the awarding of research professorships.
The Research Council should undertake other activities it considers appropriate to foster and promote the research and creative functions of the faculty and students of The University of Oklahoma.
The Research Council (Norman) shall consist of 15 faculty members of which the Faculty Senate appoints 10 and the President appoints five. The term of the appointment is for three years with 1/3 of the membership retiring each year. The Vice President for Research and Partnerships holds an Ex-officio, non-voting position as does the Director of the Office of Research Services. Staff services are provided by the Vice President for Research and Partnerships.
Individuals recommended for Council membership should be tenured and currently active in either research, scholarship, or creative activities. Any unit that has its own tenure line is eligible to nominate someone whose discipline matches the call for a disciplinary area listed as having vacancies. If a member of the Council is nominated for a research professorship considered by the Research Council, the member must either have his/her name withdrawn from the nomination or resign from the Council for the remainder of his/her term. The representation will be reviewed by the Council every three years.
Appointments to the Council should provide a balanced representation across the university by including members in each of the following six areas:
* Tenured faculty from interdisciplinary programs such as African and African-American Studies, Environmental Studies, Native American Studies, Religious Studies, Women’s & Gender Studies, the Honors College, and any additional programs that serve as the academic home for tenure-line faculty are eligible to serve on the Research Council. However, their primary scholarly approach and/or research methodology will determine their appointment area; given the programs above, faculty will typically fit within the Social and Behavioral Sciences or the Humanities areas.
The Research Council was approved as a council by the President of the university upon recommendation of the Faculty Senate and The University of Oklahoma Student Association in December 1972 and revised May 10, 1974, June 28, 1978, and July 2, 1982. Restructured Spring 1991.
All written publications, whether in hard copy or electronic form, that have benefitted from Research Council funding must contain the following statement of acknowledgment: "This research was supported (in part if appropriate) by a grant from the Research Council of the University of Oklahoma Norman Campus."
Approved by the Research Council on 17 October 2011
The University of Oklahoma is a public institution committed to the mission of teaching; research and creative/scholarly activity; professional and University service; and public outreach. To these ends, the University strives to maintain an atmosphere that promotes free, open, and objective scholarly inquiry and compatible professional interactions while recognizing its obligations and limitations as a public institution. Integrity, ethical conduct, and mutual respect are uncompromising principles by which research and creative activity must be pursued. Any breach of these principles undermines the quality of scholarly work and harms the integrity of both the institution and individuals involved.
As a key component of the University’s research and creative activity enterprise, the Norman Campus Research Council strives to maintain the highest ethical standards in its evaluation of proposals and review of nominations for awards. One of the most important elements of ethical conduct is the effective disclosure and management of conflicts of interest (COI). A COI arises when financial, personal or professional considerations may compromise, or create the appearance of compromising, one’s objectivity in carrying out University responsibilities.
It shall be the policy of the Council to fully disclose and, to the extent possible, manage all conflicts of interest (COIs), real and apparent, in accord with the following: