Research Integrity and Compliance

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Research Integrity and Compliance includes the following components:

Responsible Conduct of Research

Responsible Conduct of Research - “With growing public support for research has come an understandable concern about the way it is conducted. Public funds support roughly one-third of all research and development (R&D) in the U.S. and half of all basic research. Many researchers, therefore, spend a significant portion of their time working for the public.  As public servants and also professionals, researchers have clear obligations to conduct their research in a responsible manner” ( Villanova researchers are required to complete Responsible Conduct of Research Training.
(Stanek, N.H. 2007. ORI Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research. U.S. Health and Human Services, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. ISBN 978-0-16-072285-1 (

Financial Conflicts of Interest in Research

Financial Conflicts of Interest in Research – Recognizing that faculty members and other University personnel engaged in research may have financial interests related to their research and, in accordance with applicable federal regulations, Villanova requires that these financial interests be disclosed and adequately managed, reduced or eliminated, as may be appropriate under the specific circumstances.

Protection of Human Subjects in Research

Protection of Human Subjects in Research – Protection of the rights and well-being of human subjects involved in research is a concern of Villanova University.  To assure protection of human subjects and to ensure compliance with the regulations, Villanova’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews any research activity that involves human subjects, whether such research is undertaken on a large or small scale, whether it is preliminary or fully designed, whether it is student or faculty research, whether it is funded or non-funded, and whether it involves minimal risk or more than minimal risk.

Use of Vertebrate Animals in Research

The Villanova University Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is responsible for oversight of the university's animal facilities and procedures to ensure appropriate care and humane treatment of all vertebrate animals being utilized for education and research. The IACUC serves as a critical resource to faculty, staff, students, and administrators to facilitate training and educational programs and provide guidance to maintain the highest ethical and scientific standards for all academic and scholarly activities that involve animal use.

Export Controls

Export Controls – It is the policy of Villanova University to comply with all applicable statutes, executive orders, regulations, and contractual requirements covering the exports to foreign entities and persons, including foreign persons employed by and/or taking classes or conducting research at Villanova.

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Proposal Prep for External Funding

We have developed a number of materials to aid you in proposal preparation for external funding, available on a Villanova Sharepoint site.

Please contact Associate Vice Provost for Research for access.

Associate Vice Provost for Research

Tolentine Hall, Room 103
Office hours are available to all faculty, staff, and students. Please contact AVPR Grannas to schedule time to meet.

Office of the Provost

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