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Ethics, Compliance and Required Training
Innovate Carolina
Department Contacts

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 Ethics, Compliance and Required Training section on our Research Support page for more information or contact the Solutions team at with any questions.


The UNC Office of Commercialization and Economic Development  (OCED) 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 OCED website.

The UNC Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) 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.

The Office of Commercialization and Entrepreneurial Development (OCED) will continue to manage all intellectual property for the University, and OIC will coordinate with OCED to ensure that intellectual property provisions in research contracts are administered in accordance with University goals.

Gillings researchers may be interested in reviewing the University Policy on Signing Contracts- Signature Delegation Chart (updated August 11, 2017).

Need assistance with industry contracts?

The UNC Office of Clinical Trials and Office of Industry Contracting will be available to answer questions about your current or proposed research projects every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month during “pop ups”- no appointment necessary!

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.

Departmental Contacts

Please contact the individuals listed below to obtain descriptive information about each department’s respective facilities and resources.

Contact: Dallas Carter

Carolina Survey Research Laboratory
Contact: Robert Agans

Center for Environmental Health & Susceptibility
Contact: Rhonda Turner

Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center
Contact: Carolyn Hagy

Environmental Sciences & Engineering
Contact: Doris Dworschak

Contact: Vicki Moore

Health Behavior
Contact: Marcia Margotta

Health Policy & Management
Contact: Terri Gault

Maternal & Child Health
Contact: Lisa Perry

Contact: Chris Anderson

Public Health Leadership Program
Contact: Kathryn Cheek

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