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Office of Research Protections

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The Office of Research Protections is responsible for the oversight of research reviews and activities, and for the promotion of ethical research practices. Its mission is to support faculty, staff, and students through the complex regulatory network, and to facilitate ethical and high-quality research. The staff accomplish this mission through a shared partnership with the research community to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations, and University policies and procedures.

The office serves as the administrative hub for nine research offices including the support of basic, animal and human subject research, and research integrity and conflict of interest. These offices assist researchers in the understanding and navigation of policies/regulations though education programs, training, consultations, and audits.

Conflict of Interest Forms and Instructions

Conflict of Interest forms can vary based on your role at Pitt and/or UPMC, and so we strive to make the process as easy as possible.

Training Requirements and Opportunities

Anyone conducting research at the University of Pittsburgh is required to complete training prior to beginning the project, regardless of funding source.

Research Integrity Resources

Scholars are expected to adhere to the highest standards of integrity in research, instruction, and evaluation.