Federal requirements for receiving payment on federal grant awards now require each institution to establish a Federal Wide Assurance and that each institution is in compliance with the practical and ethical issues surrounding Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). This involves registering the Institutional Review Board and setting up a policy on Responsible Conduct in Research. Research is defined as "systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge." [45CFR 46.102(d)] .
In order to comply with these federal requirements, Connecticut College requires that all federally funded research involving human subjects must be approved by the Connecticut College Institutional Review Board (IRB). Proposals reviewed by the IRB must be accompanied by certification that the Project Investigator has completed training on Human Subjects Research. This training can be completed online in 1-2 hours and should be completed in one sitting. All research on animal subjects must be approved by the Connecticut College Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and all Project Investigators should also comply with the requirements of the Connecticut College Biosafety Committee.
The College will not endorse or approve any grant proposal for federally funded research involving human subjects unless the appropriate certificate of completion is on file in the Corporate, Foundation and Government Relations Office. Faculty with questions concerning interpretation of this policy should address them to Ann Devlin or Jason Nier, co-chairs of the College's Institutional Review Board.