Research-Related Policies

The University of Toronto has a range of policies that govern how researchers conduct their work. The most important ones are listed on the Vice-President, Research and Innovation Research-Related Policies website and include, but are not limited to, Conflict of Interest, Ethical Conduct in Research, Research Administration Policy, Inventions (intellectual property), Copyright and Publications. Please note that your agreement on the Online RIS Application Attachment form (MRA) confirms your awareness and adherence to all U of T policies.

Research Administration Policy:

The purpose of this Policy is to establish general principles and procedures for:

  • the development and approval of research proposals
  • the negotiation and signature of research agreements
  • the roles and responsibilities of the Principal Investigator, the Administering Unit and the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation
  • indirect cost recovery (overhead)
  • the differentiation between research agreements and other types of agreements (research donations, service agreements)

Review the Research Administration Policy and the following companion materials:

  • Research Administration Guideline - learn how to distinguish research activities from other contractual engagements and how they are administered.
  • Guideline on Full Cost Recovery in Research - learn more about recovering the full costs of your research and which indirect cost (overhead) rate applies to your proposal. The University of Toronto Standard Indirect Cost Rate is 40% of total Direct Costs.

The revised Inventions Policy:

The Inventions Policy was revised as of October 30, 2013. The Policy describes what an invention is, disclosure and ownership, commercialization paths, Policy administration and the sharing and distribution of invention revenue.

Review the revised Inventions Policy and Q & A regarding revised policy.

Ethical Conduct of Research:

All members of the UTSC research community are expected to be knowledgeable about the following relevant policies/documents concerning academic/scientific integrity:

  1. The Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research. This articulates the tri-agency research integrity policy, agency policies, and processes and procedures for dealing with allegations of policy breaches (including research misconduct). All those applying for and receiving tri-agency funds should be familiar with this Framework.
  1. The Tri-Council Statement Policy Statement on Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans;
  1. The guidelines of the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC);
  1. The University’s Policy on Ethical Conduct in Research that sets “the highest standards of ethical conduct in every aspect of research including applications, proposals, the research itself, reports and publications” as an expectation of all members of the University;
  1. The University’s Framework to Address Allegations of Research Misconduct (revised January 1, 2013) ensures University policies and procedures remain consistent with best practices and the expectations of the Tri-Agencies. The University’s Framework defines research misconduct as “any research practice that deviates seriously from the commonly accepted ethics/integrity standards or practices of the relevant research community and includes but is not limited to intentional fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism as defined by the University’s Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters. However, in the latter respect, due latitude is given for honest errors, honest differences in methodology, interpretation or judgment, or divergent paradigms in science; what is at issue are genuine breaches of the integrity of the research process.”