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. 

Alert

Depending on the proposed project, students and faculty applicants may need to respond to additional prompts in the UROP application and endorsement forms.

Some compliance procedures may require action before award decisions are sent.

Additional Guidelines and Prompts

Guidelines for International Travel

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 "education abroad." Proposals must justify the need to do research or creative work abroad.   

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

Registration Requirement

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

In accordance with university policy (stated below), UROP will notify Education Abroad of all applicants proposing projects involving international travel. Notices are sent as students and faculty submit applications, and all parties are expected to follow-up with EA representatives in a timely manner.

Applicants proposing travel to international locations will be contacted by EA about the International Travel Registration process and are required to respond to all requests for additional information or risk eligibility for UROP funding.

Applicants are not required to complete the registration process before award decisions are sent, but they must consult with an EA representative to determine if additional compliance procedures are necessary and to establish a timeline appropriate for their travel plans. EA will confirm compliance with university registration guidelines as funding is paid.

Travel Advisories

Travel to locations with active travel advisories require an appeal from the campus International Risk Committee, which can take several months to complete.

Applicants are required to complete the appeals process before the UROP award acceptance deadline, so UROP advises applicants to begin the process as early as possible. Applicants will be asked to attach confirmation of successful appeals to their award acceptance email.

University Travel 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 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”.

Additional Prompts

For Student and Faculty Applicants:

  • 100 words maximum: Explain 1) which countries you plan to visit, 2) when you plan to travel, and 3) why your project requires travel to these locations.
  • List the countries you plan to visit (e.g. "England, Spain, China, etc).
  • What month AND year do you plant to DEPART?

Guidelines for Human Subjects

All UROP projects involving human subjects must comply with the guidelines included below and may require applicants to complete additional steps in the application and award process.

  • If you have not completed IRB training and attached your certificate to this application, you will be expected to follow through with training plan outlined in the application.
  • If your project requires IRB approval and you have not attached your approval, you will be expected to follow through with the approval plan outlined in the application.

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.

Note: The IRB website provides an interactive decision tool to help you decide if your project requires IRB review.

How Do I Complete IRB Training?

Students, if you have questions about the IRB and human subject research training, talk to you mentor as soon as possible and review the resources and guidelines on the IRB website.

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

Additional Prompts

​If applying for an Assistantship:

  • Yes/No: Have you completed training in human subject research (IRB)?
    • If Yes – Attach your IRB training completion certificate.
    • If No – 100 words maximum: Explain your plan to complete the IRB training requirements for human subject testing.

If applying for an Individual Grant:

  • Yes/No: Have you completed training in human subject research (IRB)?
    • If Yes Attach your IRB training completion certificate.
    • If No – 100 words maximum: Explain your plan to complete the IRB training requirements for human subject testing.
  • Yes/No: Has your project been approved by the IRB?
    • If Yes - Attach your IRB approval.
    • If No – 100 words maximum: Explain your plan to receive IRB approval for your project, noting how you will identify and protect subjects during and after the project.

If applying for an Team Grant:

  • Yes/No: Has your project been approved by the IRB?
    • If Yes - Attach your IRB approval.
    • If No – 100 words maximum: Explain your plan to ensure all students complete the IRB training requirements for human subject testing and the project receives IRB approval, noting how you will identify and protect subjects during and after the project.

Guidelines for Animal Subjects

All UROP projects involving non-human animal subjects must comply with the guidelines included below and may require applicants to complete additional steps in the application and award process.

  • If you have not completed IACUC training and attached your certificate to this application, you will be expected to follow through with training plan outlined in the application.
  • If your project requires IACUC approval and you have not attached your approval, you will be expected to follow through with the approval plan outlined in the application.

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.

Note: The IACUC website includes a detailed guide to “Getting Started” that outlines the requirements for conducting animal research.

How Do I Complete IACUC Training?

Students, if you have questions about the IACUC and animal subject research training, talk to your mentor as soon as possible and review the resources and guidelines on the IACUC website.

Additional Prompts

​If applying for an Assistantship:

  • Yes/No: Have you completed training the care and use of animals (IACUC)?
    • If Yes – Attach your IACUC training completion certificate.
    • If No – 100 words maximum: Explain your plan to complete the IACUC training requirements for non-human animal subject testing.

If applying for an Individual Grant:

  • Yes/No: Have you completed training the care and use of animals (IACUC)?
    • If Yes Attach your IACUC training completion certificate.
    • If No – 100 words maximum: Explain your plan to complete the IACUC training requirements for non-human animal subject testing.
  • Yes/No: Has your project been approved by the IACUC?
    • If Yes - Attach your IACUC approval.
    • If No – 100 words maximum: Explain your plan to receive IACUC approval for your project, noting how you will identify and protect subjects during and after the project.

If applying for an Team Grant:

  • Yes/No: Has your project been approved by the IACUC?
    • If Yes - Attach your IACUC approval.
    • If No – 100 words maximum: Explain your plan to ensure all students complete the IACUC training requirements for non-human animal subject testing and the project receives IACUC approval, noting how you will identify and protect subjects during and after the project.

Guidelines for NSF and/or NIH Work

UROP requires all students participating in projects involving NSF or NIH grant-funded work to complete the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training appropriate for the agency, which is an extension of the university’s policy.

  • Students offered UROP funding for projects involving NSF and/or NIH grant-funded work must attach their training completion certificate to their award acceptance email, regardless of the project’s proposed timeline. 
  • Faculty offered UROP funding for projects involving NSH and/or NIH grant-funded work must ensure students complete training in the responsible conduct of research.

Note: The requirements to complete RCR training can vary by grant-funding agency; UROP advises applicants to talk to their mentors about and make plans to complete RCR training as soon as possible.

University Policy

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 by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant;
  • Trainees supported by specific awards (institutional training grants, educational grants, and research career development awards) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Note: UROP expands this definition to include all recipients of UROP funding working on NSF and/or NIH-funded work.

What is RCR?

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) defines the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) as “the practice of scientific investigation with integrity.

RCR 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.

How Do I Complete RCR Training?

Students, if you have questions about training in the responsible conduct of research, talk to you mentor as soon as possible and review the resources and guidelines on the RCR website.

Additional Prompts

If applying for an Assistantship or Individual Grant:

  • Yes/No: Have you completed training in the responsible conduct of research (RCR)?
    • If Yes – Attach your RCR training completion certificate.
    • If No – 100 words maximum: Explain your plan to complete the RCR training requirements for working on NSF and/or NIH-funded research.

If applying for an Team Grant:

  • 100 words maximum: Explain your plan to ensure all students complete the RCR training requirements for working on NSF and/or NIH-funded research.