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Policies and Procedures

Sponsored projects require institutional oversight, which necessitates a thorough understanding of University policies and procedures and how they complement, reinforce, and integrate with government regulations and sponsor requirements. A range of policies and procedures exist for requesting, accepting, and managing external and internal funding in the conduct of sponsored projects.

Two primary areas involve potential financial conflicts of interest as well as regulatory compliance related to research involving human and animal subjects and the use of biohazards.

Financial Conflict of Interest Policy

ATSU meets the requirements of the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 42, CFR Part 50, Subpart F Promoting Objectivity in Research and Title 45, CFR Part 94 Responsible Prospective Contractors. These regulations establish new standards and clarify previously established standards for institutions that apply for or receive research funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, for grants, cooperative agreements, and research contracts. In compliance with these Federal regulations, ATSU's Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) policy is posted on the institution’s external website. The University’s FCOI Policy applies to all investigators at ATSU, and to all ATSU research where the activity is sponsored or, if non-sponsored, involves human subjects.

ATSU Regulatory Compliance Review

The University is required by law to assure that all research projects (sponsored or not) comply with federal regulations. The three major regulated areas that require institutional review and approval are: 1) human experimentation, 2) animal use, and 3) use of biohazards.

Applications involving human, animal, and/or biohazard use require thorough review by established regulatory committees and may therefore take a number of weeks to complete. As soon as possible in advance of the proposal deadline, the investigator must seek the guidance of the appropriate Institutional Review Board (IRB) or related Animal Care or Biohazard Committee.

For further information on policies and procedures related to compliance, please refer to the Sponsored Programs Portal Site (ATSU login required).

Faculty/staff/students: Want more?

Visit the Sponsored Programs Portal Site (ATSU login required) for detailed information about grants, writing, and how sponsored programs can help!