University Research Board

The University Research Board (URB) encourages and supports quality research, innovation and creative endeavors across all disciplines in AUC. The URB promotes basic and applied research, inter and multidisciplinary research and production of scholarly and creative works. URB provides an enabling and regulatory environment that ensures that the AUC mission is met. In setting the proper ecosystem, URB focuses on research excellence and advancement of knowledge. URB ensures that guidelines and policies are developed to ensure the adherence to high standards of research ethics, integrity and conduct.

The URB provides oversight, guidance, regulation and evaluation of research, innovative and creative activities at the University. URB responsibilities include the following:

  • Develop and review policies, establish guidelines and set forth regulations on matters relating to research
  • Advise the provost through the associate provost for research, innovation and creativity (URB chair) on the implementation of policies pertaining to research funding
  • Arbitrate and recommend action to the provost on any disputes or differences on intellectual property issues related to proposals, deliverables, publications or other research products
  • Advise the provost and the associate provost for research, innovation and creativity on guidelines concerning copyrights, research ethics, integrity and conduct
  • Review faculty support grants (as detailed in the faculty support grants guidelines)
  • Provide feedback, advice and forward-looking ideas, on AUC’s annual research productivity and intellectual output report
  • Report issues and challenges in their respective schools to be addressed at the URB
  • Disseminate policies and decisions of the URB to faculty at their respective schools through school councils

The University Research Board is a standing committee charged by the provost with the responsibility of creating an atmosphere for the encouragement of research. Chaired by the associate provost for research, innovation and creativity (AP-RIC), the committee is served by 11 members ex-officio positions.

Concerned associate deans of:

  • School of Sciences and Engineering
  • School of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • School of Business
  • School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

Associate Provost for Research, Innovation and Creativity (Chair)

Dean of Graduate Studies

Associate Dean of the School of Sciences and Engineering

Associate Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Associate Dean of the School of Business

Associate Dean of the Academy of Liberal Arts

Associate Dean of the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

Director of Undergraduate Research (non-voting)

Director of Office of Sponsored Programs (non-voting)

Director of Technology Transfer Office (non-voting)

A Board Secretary (non-voting)

Alaa-Eldin Adris - Associate Provost for Research, Innovation and Creativity

Adham Ramadan -  Graduate Studies 

Matthew Hendershot - Academy of Liberal Arts

Hani Henry - School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Samer Atallah - School of Business

Karim Seddik  - School of Sciences and Engineering

Naila Hamdy - School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

Dina Adly - Office of Sponsored Programs (non-voting)

Susanne Rizzo - Undergraduate Research (non-voting)

Ahmed Ellaithy -  Technology Transfer Office (non-voting)

Nour El-Akkad - Board Secretary 

Summary of RAC Questionnaire - October 2010
Strengthening Research at AUC - May 2005 
Strengthening Research at AUC - May 2004
Faculty Views on their Research Effort at AUC - May 2003
Strengthening Research at AUC - May 2002