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Subscribe to the Research Compliance Newsletter – Dec. 2021

The Office of Research Compliance (ORC) invites you to subscribe to the new Research Compliance newsletter.   The Research Compliance Newsletter is designed to keep the research community up to date on compliance topics and make it easier for researchers to gain and maintain compliance. The newsletter includes information on the full range of compliance areas, […]

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Research Security and Foreign Influence – Nov. 2021

Dear Colleagues, Over the last year or so, I have shared a number of communications from federal agencies highlighting the U.S. government’s growing concern regarding inappropriate influence by foreign entities on federally funded research. Today, I am writing to share that the National Counterintelligence Security Center (NCSC) has released a Fact Sheet on Protecting Critical and Emerging […]

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Notice to IACUC Users: OLAW Provides Clarification of Institutional Responsibilities Regarding NIH Grant to Protocol Congruence Review – Oct. 2021

On October 18, 2021, the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) released new guidance to clarify the requirements, responsibilities, timing, and conduct of the grant to protocol congruence review for NIH grant applications proposing research with live vertebrate animals. This update only applies to IACUC users. View the notice on the NIH website.

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Fall 2021 Undergraduate Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training

Undergraduate students participating in NSF, NIH, and USDA-NIFA sponsored research are required to be trained in the Responsible Conduct of Research. Due to the pandemic, the Fall Undergraduate RCR training will continue to be offered online (the training is pre-recorded and not a live training).  The training will be available at the link below and […]

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New Optional CITI Training Available: IRB Risk Assessment of Technologies in Human Subjects Research – Aug. 2021

A new optional human subjects training module, titled “IRB Risk Assessment of Technologies in Human Subjects Research,” is now available on the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) web-based training platform. IRB Risk Assessment of Technologies in Human Subjects Research The use of technologies, such as mobile apps, wearable devices, artificial or augmented intelligence (AI), machine […]

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Updated Requirement for Face-to-Face Human Subjects Research – Feb. 2021

The Chancellor has decreed that all members of the University community who have a regular presence on campus must participate in weekly COVID testing. In addition to increased COVID testing, the University has reduced public access to certain areas to strengthen the ‘bubble’ around our campuses to slow the transmission of COVID-19. Researchers conducting research […]

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Research Continuity Update – Nov. 9, 2020

Dear University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias Colleagues, I am writing to share with you an update on the University’s Plan for Phased Continuity of the Research Enterprise due the recent announcements by the State of Maine in response to the surging cases of COVID-19 in Maine and the nation. We have […]

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New Human Subjects Research FAQ – Nov. 2020

The Office of Research Compliance has added a new FAQ page to the Human Subjects website to help researchers answer the most commonly asked questions about Human Subjects research. Please follow the link posted here to see the FAQ!

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New: Guidance for the use of Controlled Substances in Research – Oct. 2020

The Office of Research Compliance (ORC) has finalized guidance on the Use of Controlled Substances in Research. The guidance provides an overview of key DEA regulations regarding licensing and registration, storage and security, disposal, record keeping and required action when responding to theft or loss of controlled substances. Please also note that individuals with DEA registrations […]

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OSTP Regional Webinar on Research Security – Oct. 2020

The slides from a regional webinar on research security, “Enhancing the Security and Integrity of America’s Research Enterprise (PDF)” led by the Director of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, and supported by the National Science Foundation are available.  Dr. Droegemeier  provided an update on the many activities undertaken by […]

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