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Vanderbilt Research Integrity and Compliance coordinates with a network of offices and schools to help faculty, students, and staff to meet regulatory, legal, and ethical obligations that accompany research. To learn more, select a topic below or contact us.


International Engagement

Research Integrity and Compliance supports the research community to expand international collaboration and meet federal and international requirements.



Export Compliance

Vanderbilt Export Compliance (VEC) helps researchers adhere to U.S. export regulations by developing Technology Control Plans for restricted research, advising on international travel, acquiring licenses for global shipments, and screening for denied entities.


Human Subjects Research

All studies involving human subjects, whether through direct contact or simply collecting data, requires review by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) within the Human Research Protections Program (HRPP). This program is run by our colleagues at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), who have developed a tip sheet for VU researchers (under ‘Guidance’). Research Integrity and Compliance serves as the University point of contact for IRB services and for VU researchers who need access to VUMC clinical resources.

Animal Research

All studies involving animals requires review by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) within the Animal Care and Use Program (ACUP). This program is run by our colleagues at VUMC and Research Integrity and Compliance serves as the University point of contact for this service.


Sponsored Programs Administration

Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) is the central point for pre-award administration of externally sponsored programs. SPA processes proposals; negotiates grants, contracts, and other agreements; and ensures compliance with sponsor regulations.


Environmental Health and Safety

The Vanderbilt Environmental Health and Safety Department (EHS) promotes safety and compliance for research involving chemicals, biological material, radiation, or lasers.



Conflict of Interest and Commitment

The Office of Conflict of Interest and Commitment Management operates the annual disclosure process and coordinates remedies for identified conflicts.



Responsible Conduct of Research

Responsible conduct of research (RCR) is the practice of research that is ethical, honest, trustworthy, reliable, accountable, and adheres to professional norms. Vanderbilt’s training incorporates online- and discussion-based content and is co-managed by the Graduate School and each researcher’s primary school or department.


Controlled Substances

For animal research involving controlled substances, such as addictive drugs, please work with the VUMC Animal Care and Use Program (ACUP). All other research involving controlled substances is supported by the Vanderbilt Police Department.