As members of a research university, employees must conduct research with the highest integrity and in compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations and university policies. Employees must recognize that failure to do so can result in significant penalties or criminal prosecution for both employees and the University. Employees involved in conducting research are expected to become familiar with applicable laws, regulations, and policies and to consult with their campus/institute research or compliance office whenever they have concerns or questions. Employees are expected to submit accurate, timely, and complete reports and documents related to research.


Key Policies, Statements, and Guidelines

Research Policies




Animal Care


Human Subjects


Export Control Laws


University of Tennessee System Policies



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Available Training

Responsible Conduct in Research Training

Training and certification for Responsible Conduct in Research is a new requirement for some federal grant opportunities. There are two options for online education in this area. You can choose either UT Knoxville Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) or Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI).

The UT Knoxville RCR online training program consists of the following modules (available to all campuses via Blackboard):

  • Ethical Foundations
  • Data Acquisition, Management, Sharing, and Ownership
  • Mentor/Trainee Relationships
  • Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship
  • Peer Review
  • Collaborative Science
  • Human Subjects
  • Research Involving Animals
  • Research Misconduct
  • Conflicts of Interest and Commitment
  • Business Ethics

The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) online program of courses is available on the Knoxville Office of Research and Engagement website. Courses are available in research ethics and in the protection of animal and human research subjects.

Controller’s Office Training

The following training materials are available on the Controller’s Office website for system-wide use (click “Grants and Contracts” on the sidebar, then the subtopic “Training Program for Sponsored Project Accounting”).

  • Overview of Sponsored Projects Accounting
  • OMB Circulars and Cost Accounting Standards
  • Understanding F&A Costs
  • Direct Costing
  • Cost Transfers and Closeout
  • Cost Sharing
  • Advanced Topics and Subcontract Monitoring


EOD Training

Knoxville area-Contact Office of Employee and Organizational Development for more information or scheduling for any of the following classes.

  • Research Compliance
  • Effort Certification Reports (IRIS)
  • Business Ethics for Sponsored Projects

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