Policies and Procedures Concerning Faculty Research

Penn’s research enterprise is supported by a continuing and substantial administrative structure, operating under established policies and procedures, which assist the University’s research investigators in securing resources and managing their use in accordance with the proper objectives of the University and external agencies.

Following are but a few of the University’s many policies relating to research. Additional information on the University’s administrative and support services for research may be found on the web site of the Vice Provost for Research, while descriptions of Penn’s research policies can be found at Other offices maintaining policies and procedures pertaining to research are:

Office of Research Services—works with researchers, centers, schools, and funders on the financial and contractual aspects of sponsored projects and offers on-line the Sponsored Projects Handbook, which gathers in one place existing policies and procedures for the administration of funding directed to research, training, and other sponsored projects at the University.

Office of Regulatory Affairs—administers the University’s program of compliance in the areas of human subjects and the care and use of animals in research.

University Laboratory Animal Resources—responsible for the procurement, care and use of all laboratory animals, it also provides professional and technical assistance and training to administrators, researchers and their staffs on the humane, proper and efficient use of animals, the design of new and renovated animal housing areas, and interaction with the public on animal use in biomedical research.

Office of Environmental Health and Radiation Safety—oversees and approves the use of biological, chemical, and radiation hazards in the University’s research programs.

Center for Technology Transfer—obtains and manages patents, copyrights, and trademarks derived from the University’s academic research enterprise.

All research investigators and administrators are urged to become acquainted with these policies and procedures in order to better meet their individual responsibilities and to permit the University to manage and monitor its commitments and resources.