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Research Compliance Areas

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The Division of Research Integrity and Assurance 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 Division of Research Integrity and Assurance. 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.

Institutional Safety Committees

ORIED maintains formal committee and oversight responsibilities within the research arena for the Institutional Radiation Safety and Biosafety (IBC) committees, both of which provide a wide range of services to assist researchers in the safe and compliant use of radioactive and biological 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.



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. The UT research community can use iMedRIS for protocol submission and management for IRB, IACUC, and the IBC.


iThenticate is a plagiarism-detection software site that will help faculty and student researchers avoid “cut and paste” or citation errors that might be unacceptable in funding proposals or scholarly articles.