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Responsible Conduct of Research

Responsible conduct of research is the practice of scientific investigation with integrity. It involves the awareness and application of established professional norms and ethical principles in the performance of all activities related to scientific research.
~ NIH,  NOT-OD-10-019

Following ethical principles when conducting research is vital to ensuring excellence and instilling public trust in research. ISU has established policies impacting the conduct of research that apply to all administrators, faculty, staff, graduate or undergraduate students, and agents or collaborators who are engaged in research or other scholarly activities. These policies include human subjects research, vertebrate animal research, conflicts of interest, biosafety, use of student records, export controls, and a number of other areas.

Learn about ISU Research Policies

Responsible Conduct of Research Plan

In addition to the research policies described above, certain federally funded projects have specific requirements to promote ethical behavior at the earliest stages of research participation. Training components include online training and in-person/face-to-face sessions. Refer to the Responsible Conduct of Research Plan for details on applicability, training resources, and documentation.

Responsible Conduct of Research Plan

University Research Integrity Policy

Misconduct or fraud in research and scholarly activities has profound impacts on society, institutions, and fellow researchers. Expectations regarding conduct, definitions of types of misconduct, and procedures for handling allegations are articulated in the University’s “Integrity in Research and Scholarly Activities” Policy.

Learn more about the University Research Integrity Policy