Welcome to the Office of Research Integrity
The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) promotes integrity in research and teaching while ensuring a safe and productive work environment. The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) facilitates the responsible conduct of research through educational, preventive, and service activities. Organizationally, ORI is located in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. UAF Policies pertaining to the conduct of research may be accessed below.
Ensuring the integrity of the research record is one of the central goals of responsible conduct in research training. Researchers in all fields rely on others to limit or acknowledge bias and to accurately report their findings. Although the burden for ensuring the integrity of the research record lies predominantly with the researchers themselves, everyone involved in the research process whether they are collaborators, students, technicians, administrators, or volunteers has a role to play in supporting the responsible conduct of research.
UAF has three research compliance committees who review and monitor research and teaching activities in specific areas. The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is responsible for oversight of all university activities involving live vertebrates. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) oversees all research projects in which living people are the subject of the research (research participants). The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) reviews and approves the use of recombinant DNA, genetically modified organisms, and infectious agents. In addition, the ORI reviews and, if appropriate, conducts investigations of allegations of research misconduct made against UAF researchers.
Applicable UAF research policies
- Animal Care and Use
- Controlled Substances
- Export Controls
- Human Subjects
- Occupational Health
- Principal Investigator Eligibility
- Safeguarding Confidential Information
Please also review our PI Resource Guide (PDF) for a brief overview on a multitude of compliance issues that may apply to your work; from allowable costs to biohazards, export controls to human subject research, and lab safety to research misconduct.
If you have concerns regarding the conduct of research in the following areas, please visit the appropriate link to report your concerns:
- Use of Animals
- Biosafety Concerns (infectious agents, rDNA and genetically modified organisms)
- Rights of Human Research Participants
- Research Misconduct (falsification, fabrication and plagiarism) - Visit the Research Ethics link or contact ORI for information.
- Unsafe Conditions (at any UAF location or facility)
NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
- NEW!!! The Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. has recently launched a web site of resources on conducting research in the Arctic. https://www.arcus.org/resources/northern-communities. These resources, recommendations, and best practices come from a variety of sources and cover a wide variety of topics, and aim to help researchers build good communication and cooperation with northern communities.
- The National Institutes of Health will be incorporating a new "Human Subjects and Clinical Trial Information form" into the grant and contract application process. Beginning January 25, 2018, every applicant will be required to complete this form whenever human subject research or clinical trials are indicated. To learn more, visit: https://grants.nih.gov/policy/clinical-trials/new-human-subject-clinical-trial-info-form.htm
- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced a proposal for major revisions to the "Common Rule". The Common Rule forms the basis of the IRB reviews of human subject research. The revisions include changes to the informed consent process, new and revised categories of Exempt research, new categories of research excluded from IRB review, and changes to the definition of human subject research where activities with stored biological specimens are involved. To view the proposal and find out how to submit comments to DHHS regarding the changes, please visit the announcement on DHHS' web site. Comments will be accepted until December 7, 2015.
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is seeking public comment on a petition received from an animal welfare stakeholder requesting amendments to the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) regulations. As authorized by Congress, and delegated by the Secretary of Agriculture, APHIS enforces the Animal Welfare Act. The AWA requires, among other things, the humane handling, care, treatment and transportation of certain animals by dealers, research facilities, exhibitors, operators of auction sales, carriers, and intermediate handlers. Read more here. Deadline to submit comments is May 29, 2015.
- The HHS Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) and the Office of Extramural Research (OER) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are hosting a one day workshop on human research protections; "Getting through Human Research Reviews without Pain” on Wednesday May 6, 2015, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To register: https://www.regonline.com/2015nihregionalseminarbaltimore
- CITI has also expanded their selection of Human Research Protections training modules. Log in to CITI and see whether the new offerings apply to your work.
- CITI has expanded their selection of Animal Use training modules in CITI. Log in to CITI and see whether the new modules apply to your work.
- The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Policy Research Center and Montana State University's Center for Native Health Partnerships have published a policy paper titled, "Walk softly and listen carefully’: Building research relationships with tribal communities". The paper is available on the NCAI web site and is an excellent resource for researchers planning to work with tribal communities in Alaska and elsewhere.