Ethics, Compliance and Required Training

All Gillings faculty, staff, and students who engage in research must complete conflict of interest (COI) training and may also, depending on the nature of their work, be required to complete additional training related to ethics and compliance. If you are unsure about whether or not you have satisfied these requirements please visit the Required Training section on our Resources for Gillings Researchers page for more information or contact the Solutions team at with any questions.


The UNC Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) strives to provide the faculty and staff assistance in all aspects of the research administration of their externally funded research. Gillings researchers engaged in innovation and entrepreneurship can find important information about various policies on the OSR website.


The Office of Industry Contracting

The Office of Industry Contracting (OIC) within the UNC Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research is responsible for reviewing and executing sponsored research agreements with private industry, including clinical trial agreements and subcontracts, among others. OIC also negotiates and executes all (industry, federal or other party) Confidentiality Agreements (CDAs and NDAs) and Data Use Agreements for the entire UNC-CH campus.

OIC has been delegated signature authority on behalf of the Vice Chancellor for Research to sign agreements related to research and thereby bind the institution to the terms and conditions contained therein.  Please note: Principal Investigators, faculty, staff, and departments are not authorized to sign agreements on behalf of the UNC-CH.

Gillings researchers may be interested in reviewing the University Policy on Signing Contracts- Signature Delegation Chart at the bottom of the Policy on Signing University Contracts page (updated May 6, 2019).

Innovate Carolina

Innovate Carolina, housed in the UNC Office for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, is the pan-university network and ecosystem of support for innovation. Visit the Innovate Carolina website for more information on funding opportunities, how to start a venture, finding a workspace, upcoming competitions, and more. Sign-up for the Innovate Carolina newsletter to get the latest innovation news!

The Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) works to accelerate the translation of important ideas into meaningful products and services for North Carolina, the world, and the University. Researchers can find important policies and guidance on topics related to innovation and entrepreneurship on the OTC website.


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