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24.2. Research Projects


Definition

Research Projects: Scientific investigation that is performed in order to discover new information or to develop or improve products and technology.


Policy

Research is an important contributor to the freshness and vitality of education and to the prosperity of the industries and the population of the state. It is, therefore, an indispensable function of Michigan Technological University to encourage, foster, and conduct research.

Research conducted at, or in the name of the University, should meet some of the following criteria:

  1. Encourage scholarship and assist and improve education.

  2. Discover and disclose new knowledge.


  3. Promote the utilization of new discoveries for the public benefit.


  4. Aid, encourage, and support industry, particularly within Michigan.


  5. Support the research objectives of state and federal agencies or private sponsors.

The following requirements must also be met:

  1. Individuals involved in the research must execute the appropriate Patent, Research, and Other Proprietary Rights Agreement.


  2. Research and Sponsored Programs ensures that research proposals from, and contracts with, University units meet sponsors’ and University requirements and guidelines; such proposals/contracts must receive approval from the department head, and dean, if applicable, and from the vice president for research (or in their absence, the provost and senior vice president for academic and student affairs, the secretary to the Board of Control, treasurer of the Board of Control, or the president) before release to any organization or agency external to the University.


  3. The Corporate and Foundation Development office, a unit within Corporate Services, ensures that proposals to foundations meet both foundation and University requirements. Such proposals must receive approval from the Corporate and Foundation Development office before release to any organization external to the University. Proposals requiring a University match must also be approved by the vice president for research prior to release from the University.


  4. Arrangements for satisfaction of contractual obligations set forth in contracts or legal agreements with outside agencies, if any, must be completed.


  5. The work must conform with policies relating to the conduct of research at Michigan Technological University. This includes, but is not limited to, policies relating to scientific misconduct, conflict of interest, laboratory operations, financial obligations, disposal of hazardous waste, recombinant DNA, and protection of animal and human subjects.


  6. The director of Research and Sponsored Programs is responsible for the review of research proposals for full compliance with rules and regulations before the vice president for research releases a proposal for submission to any organization or agency external to the University.


  7. Before research is undertaken, the University must be assured that the necessary funds are available for the project.


  8. Arrangements for satisfaction of contractual obligations set forth in contracts or legal agreements with outside agencies, if any, must be completed.


The director of Research and Sponsored Programs is assigned the responsibility of ascertaining that these requirements are met. All proposals should be discussed with a representative of the Research and Sponsored Programs office prior to submittal to outside agencies and before budgets are prepared.


History
Adopted: 11/07/2001
Revised: 08/05/2002 Changed the department name of Research Services to Research and Sponsored Programs and changed Advancement Office to Corporate and Foundation Development

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