OSRP has oversight over compliance with applicable federal and state laws, regulations, and policies related to externally funded programs, as well as compliance with UNCP policies.
Institutional Review Board (IRB)
The Institutional Review Board is an independent administrative body established to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects; the IRB ensures compliance with federal requirements related to protection of human research subjects (45 CFR 46.111).
Dr. Erik Tracy, IRB Chair
To determine if you need IRB approval, view the IRB Decision Tree below.
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
The IACUC ensures that UNCP is in compliance with the Public Health Policy on Human Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. The IACUC reviews and approves protocols for individuals at UNCP who are using vertebrate animals in teaching and research. It also conducts inspections of facilities to ensure that animals are treated humanely and safely and that work environments remain safe for personnel involved in animal care and use. The federal Animal Welfare Act (9 CFR Ch. 1 Subpart C 2.31 (c) (1-8)) requires universities to have an IACUC. UNCP's IACUC follows the protocols of the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (Section IV.B. (1-8)), and the recommendations and standards of the National Research Council of the National Academies' Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (8th edition).
Dr. John Roe, IACUC Chair
Conflict of Interest (COI) and Commitment (COC)
CONFLICT OF INTEREST DISCLOSURE PROCESS (YEARLY)
All faculty, EHRA non-faculty and SHRA covered employees are required to do a yearly COI disclosure. To learn more, see the Conflicts of Interest and Commitment Policy. This is in addition to the External Activities for Pay form.
- Conflict of Interest Training Video
- Conflicts of Commitment and Interest (policy)
- Conflicts of Commitment Disclosure
CONFLICT OF INTEREST TRAINING PROCESS
The Conflict of Interest Training ensures that UNCP faculty, staff and researchers have foundational knowledge of financial conflict of interest, are familiar with new definitions and requirements issued by the federal government and reflected in UNCP’s COI policy, and understand the COI monitoring and reporting process at UNCP.
SPONSORED RESEARCH/PROJECT CONFLICT OF INTEREST DISCLOSURE
Unlike the Conflict of Interest Training, which is general to the University, the Conflict of Interest Disclosure is specific to the project. It must be completed each time a proposal is submitted to an external sponsor.
For instructions and to determine when you have to complete a COI, see the Resources section below.
The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program)
Training for Human Subjects, Animal Subjects, Conflict of Interest, and Responsible Conduct of Research is available. Researchers can register for the appropriate CITI courses at www.citiprogram.org.
Responsible Conduct of Scientific Research
Implementing and exercising RCR practices and procedures is crucial to maintaining standards of objectivity and achieving unbiased research results, which in turn safeguards the public’s trust in the research community’s efforts.
The National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH) and most recently the USDA/National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) requires institutions have a plan to provide appropriate training and oversight in RCR to undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers participating in sponsor supported projects.
Although the requirements differ slightly, the end result is the same: students participating in NSF-funded projects; students participating in NIH-funded projects with a training component; and students, faculty and research staff participating in NIFA-funded projects must complete RCR training. RCR Training is available thought CITI at www.citiprogram.org.
Export control regulations are federal laws governing the export, transfer or sharing of certain commodities or information for reasons of national security or protections of trade. Export controls may arise for one or more of the following reasons:
- The nature of the export has a military application or economic protection issues, or
- There are governmental concerns about the country, organization or individual receiving the information or technology, or
- The end use or the end user of the export are of concern.
Most of the research and education activities taking place at the university are excluded from export controls because UNC Pembroke can assert the fundamental research exception.
Data Use Agreement (DUA)
Typically, DUAs are required on outgoing transfer of data to third parties who have a bona fide research use or practical application for the data (e.g. collaborating research institutions, academicians, public policy makers, community service providers, etc.). DUAs should be used on all paid and unpaid projects. Where incoming transfer of data is proposed, the data provider will determine whether a DUA is necessary.
To help determine if a particular request requires a DUA you should use the guidance document and decision tree below, and no study data should be released to a 3rd party without review.