Sponsored Programs

Policies and Compliance

Elon University

Sponsored Programs Post-Award Grant Handbook

Elon's Faculty Handbook

Elon Policy for Sharing Indirect Cost Returns (ICR)

Grants with indirect costs requested will be allocated to the project director(s), dean(s) and department chair(s) as outlined here.

Institutional Review Board
The IRB assesses the risks and potential benefits of the research investigation, ascertains the appropriateness of the methods used to gain participant consent, and protects the rights and welfare of human participants. http://www.elon.edu/irb

Intellectual Property Pollicy
This document describes Elon University's commitment to providing an environment that supports the creation of intellectual property by faculty, staff, and students in the course of their research, teaching, and learning activities. As a matter of principle and practice, the University encourages all members of the Elon community to publish without restriction the outcome of these activities in order to share openly and fully their findings and knowledge with colleagues and the public.

Conflict of Interest
This document describes Elon University’s policies and procedures regarding conflicts of interest in relationship to sponsored projects involving research, teaching, education, and public service. The purpose of this policy is to protect the credibility and integrity of the university’s faculty and staff so that public trust and confidence in the university’s sponsored activities are ensured. This policy is also the basis for specific certifications the NSF, the PHS and other governmental agencies require from those seeking grant support. Once you become aware of a new actual or potential Conflict of Interest, this Disclosure Form and Questionnaire must be completed within fifteen days of such awareness and submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Responsible Conduct in Research
This document provides a plan for adhering to the America COMPETES Act. The Act requires that an institution certify that is has a plan in place to provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research for undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers participating in National Science Foundation funded research projects submitted on or after January 4, 2010.

Misconduct in Research                                                                                                This document describes Elon University’s policy and procedures related to misconduct in scientific research. The purpose of this policy is to promote academic practices that prevent misconduct in research and to maintain standards to ensure ethical conduct of research and detection including appropriate handling of abuse of these standards. This policy is also the basis for specific certifications required by various federal agencies from those seeking external grant support.

Export Control Regulations                                                                           Exports are regulated by several federal agencies.  While the conduct, products, and results of fundamental research are generally excluded from federal export or "deemed export" controls, there may be some activities that would not be excluded and would require an export license. These laws impact research, foreign travel and the transfer of technology and information to certain countries. The laws also impose severe criminal and civil fines for noncompliance. It is important that all persons involved in sponsored research/grants at Elon understand the regulations and implementation requirements.

Federal Agency Policies

Federal Regulations

Final Guidance


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