Compliance FAQs


What is RCR

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) 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.

I'm not sure if my project involves human subject research. Who can give me the definitive answer?

The staff of the Office of Research Compliance can provide that determination. Their website is

What is FCOI?

Financial Conflict of Interest – a significant financial interest that could directly and significantly affect the design, conduct or reporting of funded research.


What is export control and why is it important to me?

Federal laws and regulations that restrict the flow of certain materials, devices and technical information related to such materials and devices outside the United States or to foreign persons in the United States.

Knowledge of export regulations may be important if you:

  • Send data, technology, intellectual property or tangible items (ex: equipment) out of the country
  • Employ non-U.S. citizens in your laboratory
  • Work with embargoed countries such as Cuba, Iran, Sudan or Syria.

The University's export control website is If, as a part of a sponsored project, you intend to transmit or ship anything outside the U.S. or if you anticipate performing non-fundamental research with non-U.S. citizens, please let Office of Sponsored Projects know. OSP will notify the Office of Research Security, which will review the export related aspects of your project for compliance with federal laws and regulations.