The University Research Center (URC) traces its roots to two important institutions in the University, namely: the Institute for Social Research and Development (ISRAD) which was organized in 1980 to focus on social research, and the Integrated Research and Development Center which was established in 1987 to specialize in the areas of business research and development projects. By January of 1996, these two organizations were merged into what is now known as the University Research Center (URC) with the primary mandate of involving more faculty and administrators in research activities, in addition to its existing initiatives in pursuit of social and business researches and development projects.

Today, URC operates as the research arm of the institution and takes care of coordinating and integrating university-wide researches, projects and activities pertinent to research. Upon request, it provides technical assistance to its external clients. It envisions extending a full range of academic, applied and development-based research projects which traverse the fields of academic excellence and community engagement as well as promote the quality of life of the Negrense community.

The University Research Center is a member of organizations, such as the Philippine Social Science Council (PSSC) and the Philippine Statistical Association (PSA) – Negros Chapter, which are committed to the promotion of mutual cooperation among researchers. It has also forged partnership agreements and working relationships with esteemed institutions of international and national stature like the Facultés Universitaires Notre Dame de la Paix (FUNDP), the University of Groningen of the Netherlands, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology of Australia, the Danish International Development Agency, the Environmental Education Network of the Philippines, the Federation of Institutions for Marine and Freshwater Sciences (FIMFS), the Association of Systematic Biologists of the Philippines (ASBP), the Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Foundation (PBCFI), the Philippine Reef and Rainforest Conservation Foundation (PRRCFI), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammebarbeit (GIZ) GmbH of the Republic of Germany, and the Women’s Studies Association of the Philippines (WSAP).