Saint Joseph’s University encourages faculty to engage in research, scholarly inquiry, and the development of new innovations, to act as mentors to undergraduate and graduate students through learning and research experiences.
Research Compliance, within the Office of Research Services, helps to ensure Saint Joseph’s University faculty, staff and students involved in conducting research are in compliance with the complex web of regulatory requirements that govern research. The University is committed to the conduct of research activities at the highest ethical standards and has established several committees assured by the federal government to safeguard these standards.
Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research
The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is responsible for the protection of rights, privacy, and welfare of all human participants in research programs conducted by the University and is guided by the ethical principles of the University and by government regulations. Any research involving the use of human subjects will require the approval of the IRB.
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
The purpose of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is to ensure humane treatment of any and all laboratory and classroom animals; ensure the availability of appropriate veterinary care; ensure proper training and safety of laboratory and classroom workers; and ensure that Saint Joseph’s University has conformed to all federal regulations concerning animal use and well-being. Research or teaching involving the use of live animals requires the approval of the IACUC.
Institutional Biosafety Committee
The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) review, approves, and oversees research involving the use of recombinant or synthetic DNA/RNA and other biohazards. The use of these materials requires the approval of the IBC.
Research Conflict of Interest
Research Conflicts of Interests (RCOI) occur when University members are in a position to influence research and their extramural activities are such that they or their family may receive financial benefits or improper advantages from the research. University and government regulations require RCOI to be reported promptly.
Responsible Conduct of Research
Researchers are expected to adhere to ethical, legal, and professional guidelines that structure how research is conducted. Saint Joseph’s University has policies and procedures in place for investigating and resolving alleged occurrences of research misconduct.
Saint Joseph’s University is committed to assisting faculty, staff, and students with the development and administration of intellectual property (IP). The Office of Research Services is responsible for negotiating IP property provisions of externally funded research grants, invention disclosures, patent applications and royalty distributions. The University recognizes the benefits of the intellectual capital of its faculty, staff and students.
Corporate and Foundation Relations
The office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) is a central University office that helps initiate, maintain and develop meaningful relationships between SJU, companies, and private foundations. CFR assists corporations and foundations navigate the university, finding programs of interest, placing them in contact with appropriate members of the faculty and administration, developing customized approaches for each strategic partnership, as well as arranging campus meetings.