The Office for 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.
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.
Research Oversight Committees
Environmental Health and Safety
The Environmental, Health, Safety & Risk Management (EHS&RM) department supports a collaborative partnership with faculty, staff and students by providing advice and technical guidance on occupational, environmental, health and safety and risk management issues
Export controls are U.S. federal government laws and regulations that require federal agency approval before the export of controlled items, commodities, technology, software, information or technical assistance to restricted foreign countries, nationals/persons, and entities (including universities).
Research Administration & Finance
Research Administration and Finance (RAF) serves as a central resource by providing guidance and stewardship for the entire research community at Rensselaer. RAF assists faculty with proposal submissions, grants, contracts, subawards, and agreements, along with help in complying with sponsored project regulations and requirements.
The General Counsel and Secretary of the Institute serves as the chief legal officer for the Institute, negotiating, writing, and executing agreements and contracts; providing legal counsel to the President and academic and administrative leaders; explaining legal language; and providing legal guidance on domestic and international joint ventures, and strategic partnerships.