Research administration training + resources
The Office of Research offers research administration training and resources, including resources on foreign influence on research integrity.
Grant coordinator meetings
Quarterly meetings provide an opportunity for grant coordinators and research administration staff to discuss important changes and hot topics, view demonstrations of new systems, and review updates on policies, forms and processes. Most importantly, these gatherings provide a venue for open dialogue involving everyone engaged in supporting research and sponsored projects at KU.
Check the calendar below for future meeting dates, and access materials from previous meetings on the Research Administration Training & Resources Canvas site. If the site does not appear under "My Courses," please email Nancy Biles to request access.
Grant Coordinator Meetings
Research Administration 101
KU Research is developing a new online Research Administration 101 course. We will share updates and more information as it becomes available.
If you have questions about the materials and course schedule, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday research topics
Each session focuses on a specific topic in research administration of current interest. Sessions are recorded and made available to members of the KU community online.
- Thursday, March 7 11:00 – 11:45 Biosketches, Other Support/Current & Pending
- Thursday, April 4 11:00 – 11:45 Research Administration Systems at KU
- Thursday, June 6 11:00 – 11:45 Customer Service
Foreign influence on research integrity
As noted by the National Institutes of Health Advisory Committee to the Director, the research enterprise is subject to risks regarding peer review integrity and intellectual property protection. Although foreign nationals overwhelmingly contribute to enhancing the University of Kansas (and national) research community, some foreign governments have taken advantage of our highly productive and interactive research community by mounting systematic programs to unduly influence and capitalize on research activities.
The University of Kansas is committed to fostering dynamic research collaborations while also promoting full transparency surrounding all interactions with external sponsors, industry and foreign entities. In support of this vibrant research environment, we expect every member of the research community to comply with all university and sponsor policies. The resources below are designed to aid in this compliance:
- National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins testified before Congress in August 2018 regarding the risk of inappropriate foreign influences on research integrity. Watch the video
- Director Collins also issued a statement identifying three areas of concern (improper IP handling, peer review violations, failure to disclose interests). Read the statement
- Advisory Committee to the NIH Director Working Group on Foreign Influences on Research Integrity
- NIH released slides outlining 3 key areas of concern — undisclosed foreign financial conflicts, undisclosed conflicts of commitment and peer review violations — from the 117th Meeting of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director. View the slides (.pdf)
- Commitment of Time, Conflict of Interest, Consulting, and Other Employment
- Individual Financial Conflict of Interest
- Policies on Commitment of Time, Conflict of Interest and Consulting
- Conflict of Interest Disclosure Policies | Access KU's eCompliance system
- NSF Current and Pending Support (“…all other projects or activities requiring a portion of time of the PI and any other senior personnel must be included…”)
The term "export controls" typically refers to regulations overseen by several federal agencies — especially the Departments of State, Commerce and Treasury — that implement federal laws put in place to protect national security, promote foreign policy, and in some cases to control short supplies. The regulations govern the international transfer of military and most commercial items, including software and technical information, and certain services. In addition to the transfer of items out of the United States, the term “export” also refers to the release of controlled software source code or technical information to a foreign national, whether in the U.S. or abroad.
Seeking assistance with export control regulations
It is important for all members of the KU community to understand how export control regulations can affect their university activities, identify export control issues, and obtain assistance to properly document exports.
Export control regulations are intricate and involved. Penalties and fines imposed for export control violations are severe and can include criminal, civil and administrative charges. You are encouraged to seek assistance for any question on the topic.
The Office of Global Risk & Security (GRS) is responsible for directing and monitoring the university’s export control compliance program and implementing procedures and/or guidelines to comply with federal export control laws and regulations. For more information, visit the GRS website or contact the KU Export Control Officer at email@example.com.