Research Compliance

NJIT is committed to conducting research in compliance with established federal, state and regional regulations, policies and procedures. The Office of Research provides information, approvals and support services to researchers including faculty, staff and students to help pursue research activities in compliance with external and internal polices and protocols. Our goal is to promote compliance while facilitating research.

Implementation of various research compliance programs related to federal, state. local and institutional requirements include approval or certification with respect to

  • Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Human Subjects
  • Biosafety: Recombinant DNA, BSL-3 Pathogens, Select Agents, Biohazards, Radioactive Materials, Radiation-Producing Devices, Lasers
  • Animals (through Rutgers University-Newark Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee)
  • Export Control in Research
  • Conflict of Interest and Outside Activities in Research
  • Misconduct in Research

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training and certification is required for all students, post-docs and research associates working on federal grants. This is also an institutional requirement for students, post-docs and research associates must receive training and certification before working on any research project. RCR training and certification can be obtained through the online software system, CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative).

Human Subjects or associated data can only be used for research purposes after required review and institutional approval in compliance with federal requirements. Under a Federal wide Assurance with the United States Department of Health and Human Services, all research involving human subjects performed by NJIT faculty, staff, and students either on-campus or off-campus, including at other institutions, must be reviewed and approved prior to initiation by the NJIT Institutional Review Board (IRB).

A complete review and approval from the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is required for all research activities and protocols dealing with live cells, tissues, any environmental release of genetically engineered organisms, human gene therapy, and any laboratory- or greenhouse-contained experiments. The IBC also has the responsibility of reviewing a variety of experimentation that involves hazardous biological materials (e.g., human bodily fluids, cell lines, infectious agents) and other potentially hazardous agents (e.g., carcinogens). The IBC is a federally mandated review body established under the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules to provide local review and oversight of nearly all forms of research utilizing recombinant DNA.

Towards the use of Vertebrate Animals in research at NJIT requires registration, review and approval by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) at Rutgers University-Newark. The IACUC review and approval is required to ensure compliance with all regulations, policies and standards that protect animal welfare. The amended Animal Welfare Act (AWA) regulations contained in 9 CFR Part 2, Subpart 2C, Section 2.37 (see Exhibit 1) require each Federal research facility that uses animals to establish an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). Locations that receive extramural funds from the Public Health Service (PHS) for studies that use animals in biomedical research and testing require an IACUC.

The U.S. government has established Export Control regulations on the transfer of information, commodities, technology, and software considered to be strategically important to the U.S. in the interest of national security, economic and/or foreign policy concerns. Export Controls regulate the shipment or transfer, by whatever means, of controlled items, software, technology, or services out of U.S. (termed an “Export”). As a public technology research university, NJIT provides an open teaching and research environment for the free exchange of information within NJIT community among faculty, staff and students, and externally at seminars and meetings related to academic and professional activities through scientific presentations and publication of papers under the academic freedom. 

The institutional academic freedom enables research and support discovery of new knowledge through externally and internally funded or non-funded research involving various sponsors (government, non-profit and for- profit organizations). Most of the conventional teaching and research activities at NJIT are excluded from the Export Control regulations. However, government regulations may apply to activities with respect of the following, but not limited to:

  1. transfer of specified items or information to people or entities outside the U.S.
  2. disclosure of certain information to certain foreign nationals inside the U.S. (referred to as a "deemed export")
  3. training or offering of services involving controlled equipment or information to foreign nationals
  4. transactions with or providing services to, certain foreign countries or individuals who are on embargo lists.

Many research compliance training courses including RCR training for required certification can be accessed online through the CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) software programs. NJIT faculty, student, post-docs, associates and staff can access the CITI software programs and courses through the website www.citiprogram.org. Please register online through the website www.citiprogram.org and select  “New Jersey Institute of Technology” to set-up your account. Once your account is registered, you will be able to select and go through the specific courses in research compliance.