“Research compliance” encompasses many university and sponsor policies designed to ensure that research is conducted ethically, responsibly, and in the public interest. The Office of Sponsored Programs can assist WPI faculty, staff, and students with all types research compliance issues, including those listed below. We encourage you to contact us with any questions you may have.

Responsible Conduct of Research

Students and postdocs on NSF grants must complete training in the responsible conduct of research, as required by NSF. Training is done online via the CITI Program, and should be completed as soon as possible after starting work on the grant.

Financial Conflict of Interest

All investigators must have a current (<12 months old) FCOI disclosure on file at the time of proposal submission. Disclosures must be kept current if you are an investigator on an active grant. Additionally, NIH-funded investigators must complete COI training through the CITI program every four years.

Human Subjects/IRB

The Institutional Review Board reviews and approves all research involving human subjects at WPI.

Animal Subjects / IACUC

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) reviews and approves all research involving vertebrate animals at WPI.

Environmental Health and Safety

Grant applicants should work with EHS to make sure that the appropriate licenses and approvals are in place for research involving hazardous substances, radiation, biological materials, etc.

Research Misconduct