Approved: August 4, 2014
Monitor: Vice President for Academic Affairs
The University endorses the principle that the search for new truths and the expansion of knowledge through research are among its important functions. Research is essential to professionalism in university teaching, as well as to the recognition of the quality of the University, its academic departments, and its faculty.
An indispensable prerequisite to academic research is the freedom of all investigators to select, in their field of competence, the problems which they wish to study and to have complete freedom to make public the results of their work.
Subject to the availability of funds, the University supports this policy, by:
The Provost is responsible for the administration of the research program. The Provost is assisted in this administration by the Director of Research and Sponsored Programs. The program is composed of two major categories: one is concerned with externally funded projects and the other is the internal research program which is supported with state and local funds.
The External Research Program has as its primary responsibility the facilitation of research support from external sources. Services offered by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs include the following:
The University will generally not enter into any contract for externally funded research which would restrain its freedom to disclose the existence of the contract, the identity of the sponsor, or the purpose and scope of the proposed research.
Appropriate legal and humane care and supervision of human and animal research are imperative to the University. Toward this end, both human subjects and animal care committees have been established. These committees are chaired by the Director of Grants and Sponsored Programs.
The University fosters an institutional climate that favors responsible conduct of research. To this end, the University has specific requirements described in the document: “Training for Responsible Conduct of Research.” This document is incorporated by reference as part of this internal governing policy and is the University’s authoritative statement on the responsible conduct of research.
The University recognizes the importance of promoting objectivity in research. In the design, conduct, and reporting of research, the University intends to avoid bias caused by financial conflicts of interest on the part of the investigator. The University adheres to the federal conflict of interest policies and procedures applicable to National Science Foundation and Public Health Service funding.
Research opportunities in the Internal Research Program include: