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Academic Research

The Office of Research exists to support a culture of Christian-based intellectual curiosity and scholarly activity on the Lipscomb campus.

We encourage and support scholarship by promoting access to research funding through competitive grants designed to help faculty members launch research projects. We aim to help both faculty and staff in obtaining external funding through activities such as subscribing to grant databases and providing technical help with grant applications.

An atmosphere of scholarship will foster a culture of intellectual curiosity and creativity and will help attract and retain top-quality faculty and students resulting in the enhancement of the quality of education offered at Lipscomb University.

Our Goals:

  1. Build an infrastructure for supporting a fully functional grants and sponsored projects office including oversight on matching and in-kind contributions, budgets, campus approval processes and other pre-award services and activities.
  2. Further the goals of the institution through grants, projects, research and programs funded by sources outside of the institution.
  3. Establish and promote an environment supportive of developing and sustaining faculty interest and involvement in grant proposal preparation, submission, acquisition and management.
  4. Protect the integrity of the institution through policies, procedures and communication with funding sources.
  5. Ensure the integrity of the handling of intellectual property, sponsored project funds, compliance with funders’ rules, regulations, and meeting ethical and legal requirements. 
  6. Create a financially stable and prosperous unit which collaborates actively with faculty development, academic affairs resource management office and extended education.

About the University Research Council

The purpose of the University Research Council (URC) is to serve as an advisory body to Academic Research on matters pertaining to the advancement of scholarship through the development of research and creative activities at Lipscomb University. To this end, the council is responsible for recommending to the Provost the policies and procedures which will enhance the ability of the university to realize its potential for distinction in research, creative, and scholarly activities.

Representatives from colleges and institutes comprise the membership of the URC.  Members are appointed by the Provost for a period of 2 or 3 years.  The URC is not a policy making body, but rather a council established to develop policy recommendations to be passed on to the Provost.  The URC encourages all faculty to apply for external research funding  to cultivate the preliminary data and/or publications necessary to support such proposals. 

The URC supports: 

  • the Summer Faculty Research Grant;
  • the creation of a "Faculty Seed Grant Program”; 
  • an "incentives for funded research" program;
  • enhanced Office of Research services;
  • the promotion of faculty research achievements and other measures to raise the profile of research at Lipscomb University. 

URC Membership


Meeting Schedule