Research Resources - Administrative, Regulatory and Educational
This directory provides links to support services, policies, procedures, and regulations related to the conduct of research.
To submit updates, or to request the addition of a resource, please contact Paul Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org or (412) 648-9618.
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Office of General Counsel
The University of Pittsburgh’s Office of General Counsel (OGC) provides legal services to the University of Pittsburgh. The OGC attorneys are responsible for preparation and review of University contracts and agreements, representing the University in legal proceedings and providing legal advice to the University, including that related to research compliance issues. The OGC is also responsible for responding to government investigational requests, subpoenas, and requests for information under state or federal open
Office of Research
The Office of Research (OR), a central office reporting to the Vice Provost for Research, is charged with assisting faculty, staff, and students in their efforts to promote and secure sponsored research funding. The OR reviews, negotiates, endorses, and provides administrative oversight related to proposals and awards in accordance with all applicable laws, policies and regulations. The Director of the Office of Research serves as the designated University Officer empowered for both sponsored research activities and export control matters.
Office of Research Accounting
The Office of Research Accounting is a centralized accounting office reporting to the Office of the Chief Financial Officer. The Office of Research Accounting is responsible for the post award management of sponsored research programs. Duties include post award accounting, financial reporting, and administration of funding from acceptance to completion of a sponsored program. To accomplish these duties, significant interactions occur between the Office of Research Accounting, the Office of Research, principal investigators, department administrators, central administration and representatives of federal and non-federal sponsoring agencies.
Office of Research Integrity
The Office of Research Integrity is available to faculty, staff, and students to answer questions about the application or interpretation of research integrity standards. It also advises academic units in the planning of periodic educational sessions to alert their faculty, graduate students, and other researchers to research integrity issues. The Office of Research Integrity is responsible for coordinating and overseeing the conduct of inquiries and investigations by peer faculty groups into allegations of research misconduct and for maintaining liaison on these matters with outside agencies that sponsor research. To consult with the Research Integrity Officer or to request copies of the Research Integrity Policy (University Policy 11-01-01) or the Guidelines for Ethical Practice in Research, telephone 412-624-3007.
Office of Research, Health Sciences
The Office of Research, Health Sciences (OORHS) mission supports the emerging and established research enterprises within and across the six Schools of the Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. The OORHS serves the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences community by:
- Identifying opportunities to bring investigators together for multidisciplinary research collaborations and programs
- Providing project management and editorial assistance for multi-investigator grant applications
- Providing review and editorial assistance for grant applications prepared by Health Sciences faculty members
- Maintaining the Application Repository To Help University Researchers (ARTHUR), which includes successfully funded grant applications submitted by University of Pittsburgh researchers
- Providing “boilerplate” grant narrative text on core resources, research infrastructure, and institutional background information
- Administering the Competitive Medical Research Fund (CMRF) and the Health Sciences Bridge Funding Program
- Compiling and disseminating funding announcements and federal and University research policy changes
- Providing guidance to new research faculty in the Schools of the Health Sciences
- Maintaining an online handbook for biomedical researchers
- Coordinating the assignment, renovation, and construction of Health Sciences research space and infrastructure
- Fostering the development and use of research resources and core facilities
- Providing administrative oversight to the Division of Laboratory Animal Resources (DLAR)
Office of Technology Management
Launched by the Office of the Provost in 2013, the Innovation Institute is the University's hub for activities that promote and foster innovation and entrepreneurship on campus and throughout the Pittsburgh region. The Innovation Institute is built on a foundation supported by education, collaboration, communication, and economic development.
The goals of the Institute are to encourage and support innovation and entrepreneurship on campus and in the community, and to foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship at Pitt among faculty, staff and students.
Radiation Safety Office
The University of Pittsburgh Radiation Safety Office is responsible for ensuring that all sources of licensed radioactive material and ionizing radiation producing equipment, which fall under its responsibility, are used optimally and safely. The office also ensures that these sources of ionizing radiation are used in compliance with applicable federal and state regulations and with institutional licenses. The University of Pittsburgh Radiation Safety Program covers all of the main and regional campuses in addition to UPMC Presbyterian/Shadyside, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.
Research Conduct and Compliance Office (RCCO)
The Research Conduct and Compliance Office (RCCO) is the umbrella organization for the various offices that support the committees involved in the oversight (non-financial) of the University’s research enterprise.
The mission of the Research Conduct and Compliance Office is to oversee and facilitate the conduct of ethical and regulation-compliant human and animal subject research through an integrated system of research review, audit and educational programs established in a manner that maximizes institutional effectiveness.
The RCCO consists of the following offices: the Institutional Review Board Office, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Office, the Conflict of Interest Office, the Education and Compliance Offices for Human Subject Research and Animal Research, the Radiation Safety Office, the Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee, the Office of Investigator-sponsored IND and IDE Support (03IS), and the Recombinant DNA Office. A description of each of the respective offices is included in this guide.
The Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE)
The Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE) is the home for the University of Pittsburgh's premier clinical and translational research training programs as well as the home for the Research Education and Career Development Core of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI).
The ICRE's primary objectives are to develop, nurture, and support a cadre of clinical and translational scientists by building on the University of Pittsburgh's existing clinical research training programs to establish a comprehensive program with activities ranging from early research exposure for high school students to programs for faculty. We offer degrees in clinical and translational science as well as medical education. We also have numerous career development programs for trainees across the pipeline.
University Policy Office
The University Policy Office, under the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, maintains the official policies and procedures of the University that are University-wide in scope. Policies define responsibilities and authority, and formalize operations. Procedures provide the necessary instructions and forms for implementing policy.