Research Integrity and Compliance
Research activities at Merrimack College are governed by federal, state and institutional policies that ensure:
safeguard the welfare of human subjects involved in research
protect the health and safety of Merrimack’s faculty, staff and students involved with research
All Principal Investigators (PIs) are responsible for the compliance with all research regulations applicable to their project. The failure to do so will place Merrimack College, as well as the individual, at risk for violations which could result in administrative, civil, and criminal fines and penalties.
Prior to submission of a proposal, each PI, Co-PI and senior personnel named in the proposal are required to review the Conflict of Interest (COI) and the Research Misconduct Policies, and complete the COI and Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) training.
Each PI, Co-PI and senior personnel must certify whether s/he has a significant financial interest related to the proposed activity. The activity, which describes their significant financial interest or potential conflict of interest, must be provided in the proposal text or as an attachment to the proposal prior to submission.
Steps to manage or eliminate conflicts of interest will be incorporated into a Conflict Resolution Plan approved by the Office of the Provost. Each Investigator must certify that s/he will adhere to all terms and conditions of a Conflict Resolution Plan prior to the Merrimack’s acceptance of an award. The Investigator will be required to periodically reports/update information.
COI and RCR online training is provided by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). Instructions on how to access the CITI training and how to register is provided below.
Institutions are responsible for verifying that undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers supported by NSF to conduct research have received training in the responsible and ethical conduct of research. The online CITI training is available to students to complete their required training. Faculty members supervising or mentoring students on Federally funded projects are required to monitor that the student training has been completed.
If you have any questions or concerns about these requirements, please contact Deborah Esparza-St Louis, Director of Sponsored Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Merrimack College Responsible Conduct for Research
- Merrimack College Financial Conflict of Interest
- Merrimack College Financial Interest Disclosure Form
- Merrimack College Research Misconduct Policy
- Creating a CITI account
- Merrimack College Principal Investigator Eligibility
- NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Research Protection (July 2019)
Deborah Esparza-St Louis
Director, Office of Sponsored Programs
978-837-5611 | email@example.com