The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Economic Development has overall managerial responsibility for LSU’s research enterprise to oversee the compliance of campus research with federal, state and university regulations; facilitate relations between University researchers and private industry from the U.S. and abroad.
Institutional Review Board: Institutional review boards (IRBs) oversee research involving humans by health care, academic, governmental and other agencies and organizations. They exist to protect the safety, health and privacy of human research subjects, including those involved in clinical trials and drug research. Federal law offers definitions and guidance on what constitutes research involving human subjects. These definitions determine whether an agency or organization must have an institutional review board and the board’s ability to approve, reject or modify the agency’s or organization’s activities.
PHS/NSF Financial Conflicts of Interest in Research: Policy continues to incorporate the guidelines of the National Science Foundation (NSF) which have not been updated at this time, and shall also now apply to other agencies requiring disclosure of Significant Financial Interests of Investigators. It is important to know that the Investigator is defined in the federal regulations as any individual responsible for the design, conduct, or reporting of the sponsored research, including but not limited to PI, CoPI, postdoctoral associates, graduate students, collaborators or consultants.
NIH Human Subjects Testing: Protecting human research participants, NIH Office of Extramural Research
PM-11: Louisiana State University Presidential Memorandum Number 11 requires that all full-time employees of the LSU System comply with its provisions and disclose all outside employment as defined within it. Completion of Form A is required for each outside employment event. Blanket approvals will not be granted. If the approval of the Chancellor or President is required, Form B must also be attached. Employees are required to become familiar with PM-11 before completing this form.
PS-69: Policy Statement Number 69 – Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College (LSU) has a commitment to high ethical standards in research and scholarship, and expects that all personnel serving in any capacity in research will work to ensure the integrity of science and scholarship. In the event of possible deviation from these standards, LSU provides this policy and administrative procedure to review reports of alleged research misconduct conducted under University auspices. The procedures do not create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law by a party against the institution, its agencies, or employees. Definitions of terms used in this policy are found in section II. The primary responsibility for detecting, investigating, reporting and resolving allegations of research misconduct rests with the University. If warranted, the University must take whatever action is necessary to ensure the integrity of research; the rights and interests of research subjects, the public, the respondent, and the complainant; and the observance of relevant legal requirements imposed by any involved funding agency.
IACUC: Animal protocol approval process
IBRDSC: Inter-Institutional Biological and Recombinant DNA Safety Committee handles various biological agents has the potential to result in accidental exposures to University personnel, liability and public relation issues, community outbreaks of disease or damage to natural ecosystems. The Louisiana State University/Louisiana Agriculture Center Inter-Institutional Biological and Recombinant DNA Safety Committee (IBRDSC) is charged with protecting LSU faculty, staff, students, and visitors and has the authority to stop any activity that the committee believes to be unsafe. This document establishes policy for conducting biological research activities and defines responsibilities of principal investigators, lab workers, department heads, the IBRDSC, the Manager of Biological Safety and the Responsible Official. Additionally, it details the procedures to be used by the IBRDSC in the review of biological research and activities. The information provided is based on federal, state, and University regulations and guidelines. The IBRDSC follows federal guidelines with respect to the review and approval of protocols involving biological materials. All teaching, diagnostic, research and extension activities which involve recombinant DNA or potentially hazardous biological materials and performed by LSU faculty, students, and visitors must be reviewed and approved by the IBRDSC. The requirements apply also to activities on LSU land, facilities (owned, leased, or rented) and sponsored activities. The IBRDSC is comprised of faculty from many academic disciplines at LSU, non-scientific members, and community representatives not affiliated with the University.
Radiation Safety: Authorization for Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College to possess, store, and use sources of radiation is stipulated in a broad-scope Radioactive Material License issued by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, which has vested responsibility from the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission within the State of Louisiana. The broad-scope license allows the University maximum flexibility in the use of sources of radiation for teaching and research activities through the operation of an internal radiation safety and control program. Administrative authorization from the University is contained in Permanent Memorandum-30 (PM-30). Under the direction and supervision of the Radiation Safety Committee, the Radiation Safety Office is responsible for implementing radiation control policies and ensuring safety practice in order to not only be fully in compliance with the federal and state regulations but also assure individual well-being and the integrity of the University.
AgCenter Policies: The LSU Agricultural Center Policy Statement (AG CENTER PS) series is established to provide a uniform method for informing AgCenter employees of newly established policies or to clarify existing directives or regulations.
Credit Distribution - Sponsored program activity is an integral part of the research enterprise at Louisiana State University. This activity is documented in various internal and external reports in terms of proposal submissions, awards, and expenditures. Both academic and non-academic units participate in funded research activity. The vast majority of principal investigators are appointed to an academic unit. Many of them also utilize the equipment or services available through non-academic research centers or institutes to conduct their research programs. The relationship between academic units and non-academic research centers and institutes is thus collaborative, mutually supportive and beneficial to all parties involved. When a researcher whose assignment is in an academic unit receives funding to support research requiring the use of non-academic unit facilities, it is important to have procedures in place to ensure proper identification and involvement of the units. The procedure delineated below acknowledges this symbiotic relationship and outlines a mechanism to achieve this goal.
NSF RCR Training: The ethical and responsible conduct of research is an obligation fundamental to the process of scholarly inquiry. It benefits the entire LSU community to ensure that everyone engaged in scholarly work has received appropriate and rigorous training in matters pertaining to the ethical and responsible conduct of research.
NSF Cyber-Infrastructure Data Management Plan: As of Summer 2013, this document describes the cyber-infrastructure recommendations to support proposal writing.
NSF Data Management Plan: As of January 18th, 2011, the National Science Foundation is requiring that all proposals be accompanied by a data management plan that is detailed in a 2 page (maximum) supplement to the proposal. This document describes the LSU Office of Research & Economic Development recommendations for being responsive to this requirement.
ORED Handbook for Conduct of Research Activity: This handbook is provided as one mechanism to facilitate the work of LSU researchers by providing practical insights and explanations for the variety of issues that arise during the inherently complex process of research in the university context. No such manual can anticipate and pre‐empt every question that might surface during the conduct of research. This guide instead takes as its starting point many of the major issues elucidated in a report issued in May of 2010 by the Research Related Administrative Procedures Committee (RRAP). This committee was appointed by the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost in 2009 to identify and make recommendations on major obstacles to the conduct of research here at LSU as perceived by faculty, administrators, and research administrative support staff. The overarching goal of that committee was essentially to minimize the perceived obstacles to the conduct of research at LSU. This handbook is one follow‐up result of the work of that committee.
Statement of Principle in Support of Fellowships and Guidelines for Applying for Fellowship: Nationally and internationally competitive fellowships and awards (e.g. Guggenheim, NEH, ACLS) bring recognition and prestige to individual faculty members and to LSU as a whole. For some disciplines (e.g. arts, humanities), these are the primary mechanism for externally funded research and scholarship. LSU strongly encourages pursuit of these awards, and has developed guidelines to support the fellowship application process and to support in principle keeping the faculty member’s salary and benefits ‘whole’ to the extent possible.