With such a varied and complex research enterprise, U-M faces many research compliance obligations – at least some of which will be relevant to each research project.
When you seek external funding or research approval through the e-Research system, you will automatically be guided through the relevant compliance requirements and approval processes. For research that is not processed through e-Research, it is critical that you consider each of the potential compliance requirements and seek the necessary approvals and guidance.
Responsibilities for research compliance
- Every principal investigator and researcher is responsible for conducting their research responsibly, safely, and in accordance with compliance requirements.
- The Vice President for Research is responsible for oversight of research compliance and education, research; general executive responsibility for research programs (Regents Bylaw 2.08).
- The Office of Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP) is responsible for the administration and support of externally funded research and sponsored work.
- Numerous committees and offices operationally support compliance with research related obligations, including the Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), University Committee on the Use and Care of Animals (UCUCA), Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) and Radiation Policy Committee (RPC): see the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) policies website for additional links.
- The Office of Sponsored Programs (within Financial Operations) operationally supports compliance with the financial obligations connected with sponsored research, particularly post-award matters.
For expert contacts in research compliance, browse through the topics to the right. If the topic you are searching for is not individually listed, choose Research Compliance Overview.
First established 3/4/11, last updated 3/6/17 – Contact us if you believe any information is incorrect or outdated