Office of Research Integrity - ISU Office of the Vice President for Research

Office of Research Integrity

The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) supports ethical research practice at Iowa State University through the Conflicts of Interest in Research, Export Controls, and Research Integrity programs.

Conflicts of Interest in Research

ORI assists investigators by answering questions regarding COIC policies and procedures, reviewing annual conflict of interest and commitment disclosures, and facilitating the conflict of interest management plan process.

Conflicts of interest involve circumstances where an individual's professional actions or decisions at the university could be influenced by considerations of personal gain, usually of a financial nature, as a result of interests outside his/her university responsibilities.

Conflicts of interest are not inherently bad and are part of a vibrant and engaged university.  All ISU faculty, P&S staff, postdoctoral associates, and graduate assistants must complete a Conflicts of Interest and Commitment disclosure at least once annually.  Both perceived and real conflicts must be disclosed and managed to protect the individual or entity involved, and to protect the integrity of the research or other decision-making process.

Export Control

ORI is available to assist investigators by reviewing projects and activities for export control issues, responding to questions, and implementing plans to manage export controlled items or technologies.

Export control regulations affect not only international shipments of tangible items; they also control the transfer of technical data or technology to non-US persons anywhere, even at ISU.

While most research conducted at ISU is excluded from these regulations, research involving specified technologies or items, transactions or exchanges with designated countries, individuals and entities, or contractual provisions may require the University to obtain prior approval from the sponsor and/or appropriate government agency before allowing foreign nationals to participate in research, collaborating with a foreign company and/or sharing research with persons who are not U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.  

The consequences of violating these regulations can be quite severe, ranging from loss of research contracts to monetary penalties to prison time for the individual violating these regulations.


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