Skip Navigation

Office of Sponsored Projects & Research

Putnam Science Center

Research Compliance & Policies

Keene State College takes pride in the diverse array of research and scholarly activities undertaken by it faculty, staff, and students for the betterment of society. As an institution of higher education serving the public good, we are committed to carrying out research and scholarly activities with the utmost integrity and objectivity. The College has instituted a number of research policies and procedures designed to safeguard the well being of research participants, the safety of our personnel, and the trust placed in us by the public and external funding agencies.

Research Compliance

Financial Conflicts of Interest (FCOI)

Externally sponsored research and educational activities are a vital part of the Keene State College (KSC) mission. As these activities grow in sophistication and complexity they may intersect increasingly with industrial explorations and entrepreneurial ventures, creating for Investigators the potential for conflicting interests. More about Financial Conflicts of Interest (FCOI)

Human Subjects in Research (IRB)

Keene State recognizes the need for investigations in which human beings serve as research subjects. The College is also cognizant of its responsibility for ensuring that the privacy, safety, health and welfare of subjects are adequately protected. An Institutional Review Board (IRB) has been established to review and approve the adequacy of human subject protection. More about Human Subjects in Research (IRB)

Laboratory & Academic Space Safety

The College has no higher priority than ensuring all members of its campus community are safe as they engage in their academic activities in the various research labs, art studios, and machine shops on campus. To that end, members of the campus community are referred to the following safety procedures and training materials. More about Laboratory & Academic Space Safety

Research Policies

Animals in Research (IACUC)

Keene State College complies with federal regulations regarding the care and use of laboratory animals, as set forth by the Animal Welfare Act and the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. The KSC Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is the body charged with the review and approval of all research involving animals. More about Animals in Research (IACUC)

Chemical and Biological Safety Plan

The goal of the Keene State College Chemical and Biological Safety Procedures for the Sciences is to minimize the risk of injury or illness to laboratory workers by ensuring that they have the training, information, support and equipment needed to work safely in the laboratory. More about Chemical and Biological Safety Plan

Determining if an Award is a Gift or a Sponsored Project

The purpose of this policy is to establish guidelines to determine if an external source of revenue constitutes a gift or a sponsored project in order to ensure proposals adhere to the appropriate submission procedures and awards are correctly processed and administered.

Faculty and Staff Compensation from Sponsored Projects

Because the federal government is a primary sponsor of research and other scholarly activities of Keene State College, the cost policies of the federal government, contained in OMB Circular A-21, are extended to all sponsored projects, regardless of sponsor type.

Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) in Research and Educational Activities

Externally sponsored research and educational activities are a vital part of the Keene State College (KSC) mission. As these activities grow in sophistication and complexity they may intersect increasingly with industrial explorations and entrepreneurial ventures, creating for Investigators the potential for conflicting interests. More about Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) in Research and Educational Activities

Hazardous Waste Management Procedure

Research involving the generation of radioactive waste and biohazardous waste are currently prohibited at Keene State College. If any faculty, staff, or researcher desires to change this designation, the Chemical and Biological Safety Committee must first be consulted to ensure that proper safety measures and disposal procedures are in place, prior to the start of experimental work or study.

Mandatory Research Integrity Training

Keene State College expects faculty, staff, and students to conduct their work, including sponsored projects and research, with the highest degree of integrity. Likewise, federal sponsors are increasingly imposing requirements for grantee institutions to demonstrate the proficiency of their investigators in the ethical considerations inherent in research. More about Mandatory Research Integrity Training

Principal Investigators of Sponsored Projects

Research and other sponsored project activities are supportive of Keene State College’s broad educational mission and are thus conducted under the responsible control of the College’s full-time tenure-track faculty. Principal Investigators (PIs) (also sometimes referred to as Project Directors) of externally funded projects are normally required to be members of the full-time tenure-track faculty.

Prohibited Research

Research involving the following chemicals, biological pathogens, etc. are currently prohibited at Keene State College because of either the associated hazards or because the College does not have the appropriate facilities, permits, or procedures in place to ensure adequate protection and/or regulatory compliance. More about Prohibited Research

Protection of Human Subjects in Research Policy & Procedural Manual

Keene State recognizes the need for investigations in which human beings serve as research subjects. The College is also cognizant of its responsibility for ensuring that the privacy, safety, health and welfare of subjects are adequately protected. An Institutional Review Board (IRB) has been established to review and approve the adequacy of human subject protection. More about Protection of Human Subjects in Research Policy & Procedural Manual

Research Data Retention and Access

The purposes of this policy are to (1) ensure compliance with federal requirements for retention of and access to research data under 2 CFR 215* Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Non-Profit Organizations, and (2) ensure adherence to commonly accepted practices for academic institutions advancing the research enterprise through dissemination of original research findings.

Research Misconduct Policy

Misconduct in research runs contrary to Keene State College's mission as an institution of higher education, undermines the public trust placed in the research enterprise of our nation's colleges and universities, and wastes valuable public and private resources. Therefore, it is the policy of Keene State College to neither condone nor tolerate research misconduct by any member of its community.

Return of Indirect Costs

In May, 2009 KSC adopted a new distribution formula for indirect costs returned to the College from external grants. Read about the distribution here.

Signing & Submission Authority for Sponsored Projects & Research

The purpose of this policy is to clarify who has the authority to submit applications for externally sponsored projects and research at Keene State College and to sign on behalf of the institution at various stages, including proposal submission and award acceptance.


Contact the Office of Sponsored Projects and Research

Office of Sponsored Projects and Research
Susan Ericson-West
Grant and Contract Administrator
603-358-2046

Staff