The Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education develops and implements campus-wide research policy for UW–Madison. The impressive size of the UW–Madison research enterprise contributes to the decentralization of many research activities and services. The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education proposes standard policies to guide the campus as it responds to changes in regulations and to assist in the cultivation of successful research administration.
This page provides quick access to UW-Madison research compliance, protocol training, and data stewardship policies, including information needed to safely and efficiently close out laboratory activities. Links to additional Safety-related training, managed by Environmental, Health and Safety, Division of Facilities, Planning, and Management, is also provided for your convenience. To learn more, including links to policies and more information, visit the Research Training Matrix.
Search research policy & compliance documents or click on the related area below.
Research Policy and Compliance Responsibilities Assignments
For more information contact the Office of Research Compliance and Office of Research Policy and Integrity.
Institutional policies, procedures, definitions, and guidelines for establishing effective academic-industrial partnerships. The matters described are relevant to all parties involved in promoting, negotiating and carrying out sponsored research.
Everyone in the UW research community (Principal Investigators, research staff, animal caretakers, veterinarians, compliance staff) is an equal partner in the animal care programs. Polices for animal care use.
This policy document summarizes criteria that the university endorses for maintaining, remodeling and building animal facilities.
A large majority of research performed on campus generates data, procedures, observations, and other notes. Precautions should be taken to maximize security in using and storing data.
This policy provides for transfer of data if a researcher leaves UW-Madison, and assures that data is maintained and archived for a reasonable period, and available for review and use.
This policy applies to drone operations in both indoor and exterior spaces and in connection with UW–Madison activities, whether occurring within the United States or internationally.
The ED/SBS IRB office is home to an Institutional Review Board (IRB) charged with reviewing human subjects research. The ED/SBS IRB reviews all human research protocols in accordance with federal regulations, state laws, and local and University policies.
Guidance regarding operation of outside organizations.
Each UW–Madison employee and student must determine how export controls might apply to their activities, and work cooperatively with the University management to ensure compliance.
All UW-Madison IRBs follow policies and guidance established by the campus Human Research Protection Program (HRPP). Each IRB also has its own policies and guidance to address specific issues its investigators encounter.
Includes information to assist researchers in the appropriate management of their study data and provides tools and processes to ensure that data is protected and stored appropriately.
UW–Madison is committed to protecting the privacy and security of health information, as mandated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
Policies for research projects involving human participants.
UW–Madison recommends IDPs for all postdoctoral researchers and graduate students, and requires IDPs for all postdoctoral researchers and graduate students supported by National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding.
Individual IACUCs may establish policies to meet unique aspects of their animal use program and require PIs in that school or college to abide by them.
Policies, guidelines, PI obligations, forms, and information on patents, disclosing an invention and royalties.
Laboratory closeout checklist including research materials, laboratory space and equipment, university data and materials, access control, and human resources and administration.
The university will not undertake research with restrictions on openness or academic freedom on its campus. Most research can be conducted in accord with this policy and the ideals of freedom of inquiry and open exchange of knowledge.
All UW employees must fully disclose all outside activities related to their institutional responsibilities. Check here to report outside activities related to your institutional responsibilities in research, teaching or outreach.
Most federal agencies require researchers to make final, peer-reviewed manuscripts publicly accessible as a condition of funding. Failure to meet these requirements could affect researchers’ awards now and in the future.
Management, policy, and guidance for the use of animals in research.
The University has policies for reporting and dealing with research misconduct and several ways for you to learn more about research ethics.
This policy empowers and protects graduate students and postdoctoral fellows when they report adverse events occurring in the university workplace.
Safety is a daily practice at UW-Madison. The department of Environmental Health and Safety oversees safety awareness and compliance at UW–Madison in everyday operations, making the university a model for safe research.
Research and Sponsored Programs provides guidance on polices related to management of extramural funds (financial policies).
Policies, guidelines, and resources.
Includes items produced in the course of conducting research at or under the auspices of UW-Madison, but does not include intellectual property.