The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to scientific and ethical integrity as well as academic excellence in all research activities with which our students, faculty and staff are associated. 

The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) supports those needs in regards to: animal care and use, human research, research misconduct, and the responsible conduct of research.

Students and faculty applying for UROP Grants are subject to all ORI compliance guidelines and should be aware of the following requirements:

UROP funding can be used to cover travel expenses for the purpose of conducting project activities both domestically and internationally, but UROP does not fund travel solely for "study abroad." Proposals must justify the need to do research or creative work off-site, whether within the U.S or abroad.   

UROP funding should not be used for travel to participate in a conference.  Students should apply for a Professional and Academic Conference Endowment (PACE) Grant to receive funding to offset the cost of participating in a conference. 

UROP will not fund travel to or research in countries or regions of countries that have not been approved for student travel by the campus International Risk Committee.

University Policy

International travel involving students that is CU Boulder-sponsored, CU Boulder-affiliated, or related to a CU Boulder activity/program must be registered with CU Boulder Education Abroad, as outlined in the policy. Such travel includes, but is not limited to, activities such as international travel that is part of a class or is sponsored by an academic unit or faculty member; international service learning, volunteering, or research (when it is required by a CU Boulder degree program); recognized student organization trips abroad; and attending international conferences.

If traveling internationally, students must participate in the International Travel Registration program supported by Education Abroad (EA). Students are responsible for the cost of the program; contact registertravel@colorado.edu for details.

Travel Advisories

If the U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 4 (“Do Not Travel”) Travel Advisory related to a country, CU Boulder will not approve student travel to that country.

If the U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 3 (“Reconsider Travel”) Travel Advisory, CU Boulder will not approve student travel to that country unless an appeal has been granted by the campus International Risk Committee. This also includes Level 2 countries (“Exercise Increased Caution”) with one or more region(s) listed as “Do not Travel” or “Reconsider Travel”.

Email Travel Suspension appeal inquiries to registertravel@Colorado.EDU to request the appeal instructions.  Submit all required paperwork three months prior to the desired departure date.

Please note that, the IRC may withdraw approval for international programs at any time based on changes in the security, health or safety situation of a location. Additionally, the IRC may request a review of travel plans for approval at any time, regardless of the current US Department of State Travel Advisory level. The full cancellation policy can be found here.

Projects involving human subjects must receive approval from IRB before funding can be disbursed. 

  • Individual Grant recipients will be asked to provide their approval letter at the time of acceptance.
  • Assistantship recipients will be asked to provide their IRB (CITI) training completion certificate at the time of acceptance.

What is the IRB?

The Institutional Review Board at CU Boulder is responsible for the review of all human subject research when conducted by the university's faculty, staff, students or other affiliates and agents.

All personnel conducting research with human subjects must be appropriately qualified and trained. Visit the IRB website to learn more about the requirements for conducting human subject research.

The Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) course is separate from the human research courses and does not satisfy IRB requirements.

Projects involving non-human animal subjects must receive approval from IACUC before funding can be disbursed. 

  • Individual Grant recipients will be asked to provide their approval letter at the time of acceptance.
  • Assistantship recipients will be asked to provide their IACUC (CITI) training completion certificate.

What is the IACUC?

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) consists of scientists, non-scientists and community members with the goal of facilitating ethically responsible non-human animal research.

All personnel conducting research with vertebrate animals must be appropriately qualified and trained before working with animals. Visit the IACUC website to learn more about the requirements for conducting animal research.

Students participating in projects involving NSF or NIH grant-funded work must complete all required RCR training before funding can be disbursed. 

  • Assistantship and Individual Grant recipients will be asked to provide their training completion certificate at the time of acceptance.

CU Boulder encourages all faculty, staff, and trainees (i.e., undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows) involved in research to obtain instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) that is appropriate for their level of education, training, responsibility, and discipline.

Presently, the following research personnel are required to complete training in RCR:

  • Any student or postdoctoral fellow who is paid from a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant See NSF requirements.
  • Trainees supported by specific awards (institutional training grants, educational grants, and research career development awards) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). See NIH requirements.

What is RCR?

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) defines the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) as “the practice of scientific investigation with integrity. It involves the awareness and application of established professional norms and ethical principles in the performance of all activities related to scientific research.”

The goal of RCR education at CU Boulder is to inform all individuals engaged in the research process about the key issues, current standards, and best ethical practices.

Visit the RCR website to learn more about the requirements for completing training in the responsible conduct of research.

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