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Research Compliance Areas

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ORI provides administrative support and assistance in complying with applicable laws and regulations in the following areas of research compliance:

Research Conflict of Interest (COI)

Examines disclosures to determine if investigators have significant financial interests that could directly and significantly affect the design, conduct, or reporting of research, and works with the PI to manage potential or actual conflicts of interest.

Export Control

The Export Control Officer helps researchers comply with federal regulations prohibiting the unlicensed export of certain commodities and information.

Human Research Protection Program and IRB

The Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) is coordinated by the Office of Research Integrity, a division of the Office of Research and Engagement. As part of the HRPP, the Institutional Review Board (IRB) protects the rights and welfare of human research subjects recruited to participate in research, scholarship, and creative activities conducted by UT, Knoxville, faculty, staff, and students.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

IACUC ensures compliance with all regulations, policies and standards in place to protect animal welfare in research.

Radiation Safety

The Radiation Safety Department provides a wide range of radiation services and health physics support to assist researchers in the safe and compliant use of radioactive materials.

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Responsible and ethical conduct of research is critical for excellence—as well as public trust—in research, scholarship, and creative activity at the university. Consequently, education in RCR is considered essential in the preparation of future scientists and engineers.


Compliance & Safety Committees

View a listing of all faculty-led compliance and safety committees at the University of Tennessee and their chairs.


Short for Integrated Medical Research Information System, iMedRIS is a web-based system that enables online application submission, real-time submission tracking, review, post-approval compliance activities, and data management.