Policy Number: 168

Conduct of Research


Research and research training


Employees and students

Date Reviewed: January 2012

Responsible Office: Office of Academic and Research Affairs

Responsible Executive: Executive Vice President for Academic and Research Affairs


The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston ("university") requires all research and research training conducted by its employees and students to be carried out with the highest ethical standards in accordance with the principles in the Responsible Conduct of Research developed by the National Institutes of Health ("NIH") and the Office of Research Integrity. Employees and students who engage in research must adhere to all federal, state and local statutes and regulations; to The University of Texas System Board of Regents' Rules and Regulations; and to the university's policies, regardless of whether the research is conducted on the university's campuses or at an external facility.

All proposals for sponsored research by employees or students shall be made by and through the agencies of the university and must meet all policy and procedural standards. All awards for sponsored research are made to the university.  The principal investigator(s) named in the award is authorized to administer the research funding on behalf of the university in accordance with university business procedures.

The Executive Vice President for Academic and Research Affairs has been delegated authority by the President to oversee the university's research enterprise and to monitor the conduct of research for compliance with all applicable university policies, state and federal statutes and regulations, and restrictions by funding agencies.

Many of the policies in the Handbook of Operating Procedures ("HOOP") relate to the research effort. The researcher and particularly the principal investigator are required to be familiar with all of the relevant policies listed below:

Principal investigators who publish results of National Institutes of Health ("NIH")-funded research or who are involved with clinical trials have additional statutory reporting requirements as noted below:

Failure or refusal to provide the required reporting and to abide by the principles herein places the university at considerable risk. Such failure or refusal may be cause for administrative and/or disciplinary action including, but not limited to, the suspension of all IRB approvals and research privileges and/or termination of employment.


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