The Office of Research is committed to the highest standards of integrity in all research conducted at Rensselaer. The Research Compliance program assures adherence to ethical principles and state and federal regulations governing the protection of human subjects, humane care of research animals, safe handling of biological materials, and responsible use of human and animal stem cells. Research Compliance also manages Rensselaer policies on Conflict of Interest, HIPAA, and Export Control.
All faculty, staff and students performing research - both on and off campus - may require review by one or more compliance committees, regardless of the funding source. In many cases, committee approvals are required prior to proposal submission. A compliance committee review may require weeks or months to complete, so researchers must plan that time into the proposal development process.
If your proposed research or teaching involves any of the following, please review the relevant committee information:
- Human subjects: Institutional Review Board (IRB).
- Vertebrate animals: Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).
- Human embryonic stem cells or gametes: Institutional Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee (ISCRO).
- Recombinant DNA or RNA, human cells, bacteria, viruses or viral vectors, toxins, select agents, or other pathogenic organisms: Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC).