Welcome to the Office of Research Policy
The California Institute of Technology is committed to the highest standards of integrity in fulfilling its mission to expand human knowledge and benefit society through research. All research activities undertaken by faculty, staff, and students at Caltech will be conducted in accordance with strict ethical principles and in compliance with federal, state, and institute regulations and policies. The Office of Research Policy, which reports to the Vice Provost for Research, is responsible for providing support and training to faculty, students and staff in order to meet these requirements and maintain a robust research compliance program at Caltech.
The Office of Research Policy works with faculty oversight committees to promote the ethical and responsible conduct of research and to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements relating to research involving human and vertebrate animal subjects, recombinant DNA, biohazards, radioactive materials, and human embryos and stem cells. The committees supported by this office include the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), the Institutional Review Board (IRB), the Administrative Committee on Biosafety, and the Administrative Committee on the Use of Human Embryos and Stem Cells. The Office of Research Compliance also has responsibilities relating to responsible conduct of research, conflicts of interest, controlled substances, compliance with U.S. export control regulations, and third party use of Caltech's research facilities.