III. Faculty Employment Policies
III.H. Research and Scholarship
III.H.1. Sponsored Programs
The Office of Sponsored Programs assists and facilitates efforts to obtain extramural support for faculty projects. Faculty members must use the procedures of this office when seeking funding sources, preparing proposals and conducting funded projects. Pre- and post-grant award policies are outlined in Manual of Policies and Procedures, Policy 2201, Sponsored Programs Proposals: Pre-Award/Post-Award Procedures.
III.H.2. Regulations and Policies
Faculty members engaged in a scholarly activity that may result in patents or copyrightable materials shall consult the Office of Technology Transfer and the Manual of Policies and Procedures, Policy 1107, Intellectual Property, for details of the university's intellectual property policies. The university is supported by James Madison Innovations, Inc., a nonprofit corporation formed to promote, encourage and aid scientific and technological research and the creation and development of intellectual property at James Madison University by its faculty, staff and students.
The university must abide by laws, rules, and policies that regulate research and related activities. The Office of Sponsored Programs should be consulted for details. Some of the more important are those that relate to human subject research (Manual of Policies and Procedures, Policy 1104, The Institutional Review Board on the Use of Human Subjects in Research), animal research (Manual of Policies and Procedures, Policy 2202, Care and Use of Laboratory Animals), institutional biosafety, including recombinant DNA experiments (Manual of Policies and Procedures, Policy 2204, Policy for Institutional Biosafety), investigator significant financial interest disclosure (Manual of Policies and Procedures, Policy 2203, Conflict of Interest Disclosure for Sponsored Programs), and misconduct in research (Manual of Policies and Procedures, Policy 2205, Misconduct in Research and Other Scholarly Work).
III.H.3. Solicitation for Private Funds
Faculty members must discuss requests that are unrelated to sponsored projects, but that will require private funding with academic unit heads and deans for initial approval and inclusion within the college's annual fundraising plan. Plans must be reviewed with the development office before discussions with prospect and before preparing a formal written request for funding. The development office will work closely with the initiator of the request and is responsible for the final approval of all solicitation efforts including all fund raising materials, the timing of solicitations and the list of those to be solicited. Requests should include reasons for the funds, the amount of the request needed, and names of individuals or groups to be cultivated as decided in consultation with the Development Office. See Manual of Policies and Procedures Policy 5101.