The Research and Innovation Office (RIO) is committed to protecting research participants, upholding ethical standards, and improving our practice at every step.
RIO oversees the administrative units and regulatory bodies responsible for providing oversight of research activities across the University system and ensuring compliance with all relevant policies, regulations, and laws related to research.
Risk Intelligence and Compliance Team
Learn about our Risk Intelligence and Compliance Team (RIACT), which oversees University processes and education designed to facilitate the conduct of research in accordance with the highest ethical and regulatory standards.
Human Research Protections
Animal Care & Use
Learn about animal care and use at the UMN and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).
Biotechnology Activities Oversight
Learn about biotechnology activities oversight at the UMN, including oversight committees for biosafety (IBC), embryonic and pluripotent human stem cells (SCRO), dual use research of concern (DURC), human gene transfer pre-review, and fetal tissue (FTR).
Learn about export controls, the federal laws governing technology transfers to non-US personnel, shipments abroad, and international transactions having certain foreign policy and national security implications.
Conflict of Interest
Learn about managing conflicts of interest at the UMN, including relevant policies and offices across the institution.
Reporting Research Misconduct
Learn about reporting research misconduct at the UMN, including scientific and other forms of research misconduct.
Research Compliance Training Guide
The Research Compliance Training Guide is a collection of training and guidance for conducting research at the University
Research Ethics Week
Research Ethics Week is an annual week-long series of college and department-led educational opportunities focused on professional development and best practices to promote, maintain, and model high standards of ethics and integrity in research.