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Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Administration

East Tennessee State University

Research Compliance

ETSU is committed to operating with integrity in full compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and policies. The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is charged with supporting the University's fundamental commitment by ensuring compliance with all policies related to sponsored programs.

Contact , Director of the Division of Lab Animal Resources
University Committee on Animal Care

Research projects involving live vertebrate animals in research, training, experimentation, or biological testing, must be reviewed and approved by ETSU's University Committee on Animal Care (UCAC). UCAC's overall responsibility is to ensure the humane and sensitive care and use of animals. Forms

Human Subjects
Contact , Director, Human Research Protections Program
Institutional Review Board Administration

Research projects involving human subjects (including student research projects) must be reviewed and approved by one of the Institution's two Institutional Review Boards  before the research begins, regardless of the funding source. Forms

Guidelines for the Education of researchers regarding COI Responsibilities and Disclosures 

Contact , Vice Provost for Research
Institutional Biosafety and Chemical Safety Committee

Research projects involving the use of infectious agents, hazardous materials, or genetically altered microorganisms must be reviewed and approved by ETSU's Institutional Biosafety and Chemical Safety Committee as required by federal regulations and ETSU policy.  Forms

Radiation Safety
Contact , Radiation Safety Officer
Office of Radiation Safety

The Radiation Safety program will assist ETSU personnel and students in the safe acquisition, handling and disposal of radiation sources. Forms

Financial Conflict of InterestContact , ORSPA

All Key Personnel on sponsored research projects must complete FCOI training, assess their significant financial interests and disclose any interests that may represent a potential financial conflict of interest to ETSU prior to submitting each proposal for extramural research funding.

Export Control
Contact , ORSPA

Federal regulations may apply to the export of equipment and technology developed or used in the course of sponsored research projects.  ETSU is committed to complying with all applicable laws and regulations regarding federal export controls, including those implemented by the Department of Commerce's Export Administration Regulations (EAR), the Department of State's International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), and the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

Intellectual Property
Contact , Vice Provost for Research

Faculty members and other employees participating in research and creative activities are required by the Tennessee Board of Regents and ETSU Policy to disclose to the Technology Transfer Officer any patentable discoveries or copyrightable works for hire developed as an employee of ETSU.  Forms

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
Contact , the Vice Provost for Research

Maintaining the highest standards of ethics in research is essential to the advancement of knowledge and to retaining public trust in the research and scholarly activities conducted by its faculty, students and staff.  All faculty, staff and students engaged in research and scholarly activities are strongly encouraged to read the "ETSU Guidelines on the Responsible Conduct of Research" and the "ETSU Policy on Misconduct in Research and Scholarship."

Representations and Certifications
Sponsors often require applicant organizations to provide signed affirmation of compliance with a variety of federal, state, local and University policies, whether or not they may be directly applicable to the proposed project.

  • Debt, Debarment, and Suspension
    The University must certify that it is not delinquent on the repayment of any federal debt before an award can be made. In addition, PIs are individually required to certify that they are neither debarred nor suspended from doing business with the federal government.

  • Drug-free Workplace
    The University is required by federal regulation to maintain both a drug-free workplace and formal drug and alcohol abuse prevention programs. Applicants for individual fellowships must also certify that, as a condition of award, they will not engage in unlawful actions involving a controlled substance in conducting any funded activity.  ETSU Policy
  • Lobbying
    Federal rules prohibit the use of federal funds to influence officials of Congress and Executive Branch agencies in connection with a specific award. University funds may be used for such activities; however, any lobbying by individuals other than regularly employed staff must be disclosed to the agency in writing.

  • Civil Rights, Handicapped Individuals, Sex Discrimination, Age Discrimination
    With most proposals, sponsors also require the University to certify that it has on file an assurance of compliance, or will comply, with various federal, state or local nondiscrimination statutes.
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