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History of the URC

In 1944, the McCandless family designated a gift to support medical and biological research at Emory University; in its stipulations, a "University Committee on Research" was to be established to oversee the distribution of the funding. The University Research Committee (URC) was formed shortly after to carry out their wishes. Over the years the University Research Committee has widened its charge to nurture and recognize the entire spectrum of research disciplines to include funding for grants in the social sciences and humanities, beginning with the support of the graduate school in the 1970's.

The University Research Committee is appointed through the Provost’s Office and functions as a standing committee of the Faculty Council. Oversight of the University Research Committee through the Provost’s Office was delegated to the Office of Vice Provost for Strategic Research Initiatives in 2016.