University of Pittsburgh Research Policy

Rights, Roles, and Responsibilities of Research Investigators

Free and open inquiry and unhindered circulation of ideas are fundamental aspects of academic work. The University supports externally-sponsored research to expand and disseminate knowledge. Grants and contracts are formally awarded to the University with the investigators implementing the research program. The investigators are also responsible for the academic integrity of such projects and, in collaboration with the University, their management. Conflict may arise between the University (through its agents -- department chairs, deans, or other administrators) and the individual researcher and among individual researchers. These guidelines are designed to define rights and responsibilities of faculty investigators, to protect academic freedom, and to help resolve conflicts with colleagues and administrative supervisors.

For additional information, refer to University Policy 11-01-02, Rights, Roles, and Responsibilities of Sponsored Research

Rights, Roles, and Responsibilities of Research Investigations

Research Integrity

Office of Research Integrity

Research and other Sponsored projects Proposals

Protection of Human Subjects in Research

Laboratory Animals in Biomedical Research or Teaching

Conflicts of interest

Conflict of Interest - Research/Teaching 

Definition of Conflict of Interest

Policy Requirements

Conflict of Interest - Consultants

Conflict of Interest - Employees

Withdrawal from Decisions

Misuse of Information

Gifts and Favors

Reporting Suspected Violations

Patent Rights and Technology Transfer

Office of Research

Research Development

Research Allocations

Small Grants Program

Office of Technology Management

Commercialization of Inventions Through Independent Companies