Research Policies & Procedures
The policies and procedures in place at Western Carolina University serve to insure that the practice of honesty, accuracy, efficiency and objectivity will be employed by faculty and students in carrying out sponsored research activity.     Several committees at WCU exist to ensure that research; teaching and creative activities related to these policies and procedures are conducted responsibly and within federal laws, regulations and accepted practices as follows:
  • Human Subjects research: If a project involves human subjects, the Principal Investigator must file a request for a review of their plan with the Institutional Review Board. Every Principal Investigator approved for involvement in research with human subjects must then successfully complete an online training course in the protection of human research subjects.  (Follow link for detailed information.)
  • Animal Subjects research: The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee must review all plans for research activities with live non-human vertebrate animals. (Follow link for detailed information.)
  • Research involving DNA/Recombinant DNA or Biohazards: The BioSafety Committee must review plans for laboratory research involving use of DNA/rDNA and any level of risk to the researcher and others in the vicinity of the procedure being conducted prior to the research commencing. (Follow link for detailed information.)
  • The Export Control Review Committee reviews sponsored research activity that is being transported or conducted outside of the United States for sensitivity or controlled goods, technologies or related technical information that might harm U.S. interests or contribute to the military capabilities of countries whose policies are in conflict with ours. (Follow link for detailed information.)

University Policies Regarding the Conduct of Research

The UNC General Administration Policies Governing Sponsored Programs These are the regulations guiding the administration of grants and contracts at all UNC institutions and are the basis for the policies and procedures at WCU.

What Happens When There Are More Proposals Than Allowed for a Competition?
Limited Proposal Submission Policy (PDF). Funding agencies (sponsors) may place restrictions on the number of letters of intent or proposals that any one institution may submit in response to a funding opportunity.  This policy is designed to support an equitable internal review process while preventing any potential disqualification of submissions by Western Carolina University. 

What Happens to the Indirect Funds Coming in to the University?
Chancellor David Belcher has instituted a new Indirect Cost Distribution MOU that became effective as of January 1, 2012. This MOU distributes portions of the recovered Indirect funds to the College, Department and Principal Investigator(s) responsible for the grant or contract. Please click on this link to read the complete memorandum (PDF). For questions regarding Indirect Cost distribution, please contact Interim Associate Provost Mark Lord.


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