The intent of a university recognized research center/institute as an approved organizational unit of the university is to facilitate activities for faculty, staff, and students in the pursuit of excellence and achievement in research, scholarship, and creative activity. University recognized research centers and institutes provide stimulating and organized opportunities to enhance research particularly of an interdisciplinary nature as well as instruction and engagement/outreach beyond what is possible from traditional academic units. Each university recognized research center/institute should conform to university policies as well as to state regulations and statutes.
General guidelines for determining whether a unit should be titled an institute or a center are as follows:
- A research center is composed of faculty and potential staff and students who declare a shared technical interest and pursue shared research, instruction and/or engagement/outreach that involve common activities.
- A research institute is broader and more complex than a research center and may be a collection of centers.
Formal proposals for establishing a university recognized research center/institute should be initiated through the Office of the Vice President for Research according to guidelines established in OP 74.14. A strategic plan for the proposed research center/institute must be clearly aligned with a college or university strategic plan.
Centers/institutes operating solely within an academic department or college may be established by the respective dean. See a comprehensive list of centers and institutes at www.depts.ttu.edu/vpr/researchers/centersinstitutes.php.
The Research Advisory Council serves in an advisory capacity to the Vice President for Research on research-related matters. Upon request of the vice president, the committee provides advice and input on such matters as university research policy, research goals, and improving the research climate.
The Research Advisory Council is composed of the Associate Vice Presidents for Research; the Associate Dean for Research from each college, the law school, and the libraries; and a representative from university-supported multidisciplinary centers and institutes. In addition, ex-officio members include the Dean of the Graduate School; the Executive Vice President for Research of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center; a representative of the Office of the Provost; a representative of the Faculty Senate; a representative of the Office of Sponsored Programs Accounting and Reporting; and senior members of the Office of the Vice President for Research.
This office supports the university’s research mission by providing centralizedservices for submission of proposals and negotiation and acceptance of grants, contracts and cooperative agreements for sponsored projects.. Sponsored projects may be funded by public or private sources and may involve research, instructional and engagement/service activities. .