Research Policies and Procedures

The Office of Research and Innovation oversees most policies associated with conducting research and creative activities at Western Michigan University. Below are links to a variety of policies related to our office:





Collaborations with community colleges  

Guidelines for proposals with KVCC



Compliance—Agency Training

Agency-Required Training Policy  

Compliance—Animal Safety

Animal Use in Research, Teaching and Testing Policy See Animal Care page for procedure process


Dual Use of Research Concern Policy  
  Microbiological Safety and Security Policy  
  Recombinant or Synthetic DNA Policy  

Compliance—Export Control

Research Export Control Policy  
  WMU Policy for Inviting International Visitors to WMU  
Compliance—Human Subjects in Research Human Subjects Research Protection and the Institutional Review Board Policy  Required Training for Human Subjects Researchers
  Research subject consent/assent document approval stamp policy  
Compliance—Radiation Safety Radiation Safety Policy  
Compliance—Registering Clinical Trials Registering with Policy Registration Procedure

Conflict of Interest

Conflict of Interest Policy—Research  

Cost Share

  Propose and Request Cost Share for Externally Funded Proposals Procedure

Debarment and Suspension

Debarment and Suspension from Sponsored Projects Policy  

Eligibility to Serve as PI

Eligibility to Serve as WMU Principal Investigator on Sponsored Projects Policy  Request Principal Investigator Status

Facilities and Administrative Funds

Recovery of Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Costs Policy Guidance Regarding On and Off Campus Facilities and Administrative Rates Procedure
  Return of F&A - has been replaced. See WMU Research Acceleration Program—WRAP

Requesting a F&A Rate Waiver Procedure

Grants and Contracts


Grants & Contracts—Cost Transfer

Cost Transfer Policy Cost Transfer Procedure

Grants & Contracts—Excess Compensation

Excess Compensation Policy    Excess Compensation Procedure

Grants & Contracts—Federal Costing Principles

Federal Costing Principles Policy Federal Costing Principles Procedure

Grants & Contracts—Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act Reporting

FFATA Reporting Policy FFATA Reporting Procedure

Grants & Contracts—Federally Funded Equipment

Federally Funded Equipment Policy  

Grants & Contracts—Fixed Price Agreement

Fixed Price Agreement Policy - under review

Fixed Price Policy and Procedure - 2003

 Fixed Price Agreement Procedure

Grants & Contracts—Fly America Act

Fly America Act Policy   

Grants & Contracts—Participant Support Costs

Participant Support Costs Policy  

Grants & Contracts—Prior Approval Request

Prior Approval Request Policy   Prior Approval Request Procedure

Grants & Contracts—Program Income

Program Income in Sponsored Projects Policy   

Grants & Contracts—Project Closeout

Project Closeout Policy Project Closeout Procedure 

Grants & Contracts—Research participation Compensation

Research Participation Compensation Policy  

Grants & Contracts—Signature Authority

Signature Authority on Grants and Contracts  

Grants & Contracts—Summer Salary

Summer Salary on Grants and Contracts Policy  Summer Salary on Grants and Contract Procedure

Grants & Contracts—Subrecipient Monitoring

Subrecipient Monitoring Policy  Subrecipient Monitoring Procedure

Grants & Contracts—Unallowable Costs - Reasonableness Doctrine

Unallowable Costs - Reasonableness Doctrine Policy Unallowable Costs - Reasonableness Doctrine Procedure

IT Rules

Information Technology Rules and Policies  

Institutional Base Salary Policy

Institutional Base Salary Policy  

Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property Policy  

Manage Funding Agency-Imposed Limits on Submissions


Manage Funding Agency-Imposed Limits on Submissions

Proposal Submission

  Proposal Submission Procedure for External Funding

Recovery of Facilities and Administrative Costs

Recovery of Facilities and Administrative Costs Policy  

Research Export Control

Research Export Control Policy  

Research Misconduct

Research Misconduct Policy  

Signature Authority - University Agreements

Signature Authority - University Agreements  

WMU Research Acceleration Program Policy

WRAP Policy  

The Faculty Senate's Research Policies Council reviews, develops, and recommends policies dealing with the enhancement and implementation of research and creative activity in the University.

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