The University Research Council (URC) is an advocate for research and reviews and assists in the development of policies pertaining to the conduct of research, scholarship, and creative activities within the University. Members are appointed by the Provost. The faculty members that serve on the University Research Council are broadly representative of the research-oriented schools and departments of the University, and include two representatives of University Senate. The Council reports to the Chancellor and is chaired by the Chancellor's designee. The Council is the principal faculty voice for research, and URC members serve as research liaisons with their academic areas. The University Research Council also advises the Vice Provost for Research on matters pertaining to the University's small grants program and the operation of the Office of Research.