Office of the Vice Provost for Research

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5 Day Rule: Institutional Review Process for Proposal Submission

“All completed applications for sponsored funding must be finalized and routed for approval no later than 5 business days before the proposal is due to the funding agency or prime institution in cases where Tufts is a subcontract.”

Animal Care and Use Policy

“IACUC ensures compliance by monitoring animal care and use through different mechanisms: (1) Review and approval of all research and procedures proposed through the use of protocols and amendments. (2) Inspection of all animal facilities and laboratories where animal work occurs. (3) Review and generation of institutional policies and guidelines. (4) Reports to the federal agencies.” Researchers can find all the forms and procedural information necessary on the IACUC website in order to get started. A password for policies will be provided after researchers are in added to the system and vetted.

Affiliation Agreement Approval Process Policy

“All agreements of Tufts University and its units with universities, non-profit organizations, or other entities, both international and domestic, must go through an internal review process prior to signing to ensure compliance with university policies and confirm institutional approval and support.”

Conflict of Commitment Policy

“It is both appropriate and desirable that many Tufts faculty members be involved in professional and other outside activities, in the practice of their profession, in consulting, guest lecturing at other institutions, and serving in professional and community organizations. Such activities extend the faculty member’s professional competence, enrich the teaching he or she can provide at Tufts, and contribute to the advancement of the profession. Questions frequently arise about the extent of such involvement or the appropriateness of certain activities. Guidelines are available to assist individual faculty members and senior academic administrators in identifying (and, if possible, avoiding) possible problems in this area.”

Conflict of Interest Policy

“Conflict of interest can be defined as a situation in which an investigator’s external interests undermine, appear to undermine, or have the potential to undermine the investigator’s ability to perform his or her ethical, legal, or professional duties. The potential for personal gain or the existence of competing interests must not jeopardize or appear to jeopardize the integrity of the research, it’s design, or the interpretation or reporting of research results.”

Comparative Medical Services (CMS)

Tufts Comparative Medicine Services (Tufts CMS) provides animal care, including the provision of housing for and humane care to all animals utilized at the Boston Health Sciences campus of Tufts University, Tufts Medical Center, and the Medford/Somerville campus of Tufts University. For access to the full policies please email, for the password.

Facilities & Administrative (F&A) Costs on Sponsored Awards: Recovery and Distribution

“F&A costs are incurred by all sponsored projects or programs regardless of the source of funding and regardless of whether F&A costs are included in sponsored program budgets. Tufts University requires the use of applicable Tufts rates for budgeting of the F&A costs on all proposals for sponsored funding.”

Responsible Conduct of Research

“Some funding agencies, including the NSF and NIH, require certain members of the research team to receive training in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR).”

Scientific Integrity of Research

“It is the responsibility of Tufts University faculty, staff and students to report any incident of potential research misconduct in good faith and in accordance with the definitions and terms of the Tufts University Policy on Scientific Integrity and the Consequences of Misconduct in Research. It is also incumbent upon each of these individuals to promote scientific integrity, to protect the health and safety of the public, and to conserve public funds that support research.”