For human subject research, and research involving hazardous materials, there are two regulatory compliance committees that are shared with the University of Nebraska Medical Center where the committees’ administrative offices are located. UNO faculty serve as campus representatives on these committees. For animal subject research, the regulatory compliance committee is a UNO-only committee, with its office on UNO’s campus. Finally, environmental health and safety is responsible for monitoring regulatory compliance and safety oversight of research programs that include biohazardous materials (e.g. human, animal or plant pathogens; human cell lines, blood or tissues), recombinant DNA/transgenic organisms, hazardous materials, and radioactive materials. The following links provide additional information about each of this regulatory compliance committees and offices:
Other Regulatory Compliance
Uniform Guidance: The Uniform Guidance (UG) applies to all new federal awards issued on or after December 26, 2014. Modifications adding new funding to awards issued prior to that date may also include a clause updating the terms of the award to fall under UG.
On December 26, 2013, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released its final rule of “Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards” (2 CFR Chapters I, II, Part 200, et al), and later provided interim updates. This guidance to federal agencies consolidates and replaces eight OMB Circulars such as the A-110 (Administrative requirements), A-21 (Cost principles), and A-133 (Audit requirements).
Further information on Uniform Guidance can be found here.
Intellectual Property: Intellectual Property (IP) includes inventions and other creative works and/or materials that may be protected under the patent, trademark, and/or copyright laws. The Board of Regents owns all inventions made by UNO employees while working under a grant or contract to UNO, or while using UNO resources. Further information on Intellectual Property:
Whistleblowing is defined as disclosing information that you reasonably believe is evident of gross mismanagement of a federal contract or grant, including gross waste of federal funds, abuse of authority relating to a federal contract or grant, danger to public health or safety, or a violation of law, rule, or regulation related to a federal contract or grant. UNO employees being paid from federally funded projects cannot be discharged, demoted, or otherwise discriminated against for whistleblowing. Further information can be found here.