Campus Human Resources Services

New Employees Research Integrity and Outreach

Welcome to the University of Southern Maine! Please take a moment to review the information below. We encourage you to contact our office to arrange a time to speak with Office of Research Integrity and Outreach (ORIO) staff regarding your research interests and planned activities. The ORIO has primary responsibility for ensuring compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations in research and other covered activities. The ORIO has oversight of the following:

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

  • The Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research is responsible for reviewing activities determined to be research with human subjects.  The start of any research (including the recruitment of subjects) that has not been previously reviewed and approved by the ORIO and/or the IRB is prohibited.
  • Please consult with the ORIO for information and guidance on what activities may constitute research with human subjects and the applicable policies and procedure. In particular, faculty should familiarize themselves with the Policy on Review of Student Classroom Projects and the role of Faculty Advisors in student research.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

  • Any research, teaching, or testing activity that involves any live vertebrate animals must be reviewed and approved by the IACUC before the activity may begin.

Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)

  • Any research, teaching, or testing activity that involves any of the following must be reviewed and approved by the IBC before the activity may begin:
    • Recombinant DNA,
    • Human or Animal Blood, Body Fluids, Tissues, or other Biological Samples
    • Infectious agents, or
    • Select Agents as defined by the USDA and HHS

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

  • NIH requires that all trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars receiving support through any NIH training, career development award (individual or institutional), research education grant, and dissertation research grant must receive instruction in RCR.
  •  NSF requires that students (undergraduates and graduates) and postdoctoral researchers who receive NSF funds (support from salary and/or stipends to conduct research on NSF grants) will obtain RCR training.

Administration of the Financial Conflicts of Interest

  • Researchers are obligated to disclose significant financial interests upon submitting a proposal for external funding or upon a change in financial interest which creates the possibility of a conflict of interest in regard to the research proposal.

Export Control

  • If your Research Agreement contains an explicit export control clause;
  • Involves IP/Technology that may be subject to federal regulations;
  • Involves nations that are on the Dept of State lists or
  • If you will be applying for H1-B visas on an I‐129 form, please contact ORIO


Faculty, staff and students must seek applicable IRB, IACUC or IBC review for covered activities before work can begin. If you are unsure if your project qualifies as a covered activity you are strongly encouraged to consult ORIO staff.

Please refer to our website for more information:

Please contact us!

Office of Research Integrity and Outreach
7 Chamberlain Avenue
Portland Campus

(207) 780-4517