The primary avenue for working with faculty and staff is the University Research Council. The Research Council consists of ten faculty members, four staff representatives, and two students. They give regular consideration to matters such as the establishment of general policies regarding the University's research and creative efforts, the review of policies and procedures concerned with securing and allocating funds for support of research and creative activity, and other matters related to the health of scholarship on the campus.
The Arts & Humanities Initiative Advisory Board is another important committee to advise the Office of the VP for Research (OVPR). The board members, plus other arts and humanities faculty, consult with the OVPR about existing or proposed areas, programs, projects, and/or practices in the arts and humanities particularly worthy of UI investment. The board also provides guidance for the Arts and Humanities Initiative Program, designed to support humanities scholarship and work in the creative and performing arts.