Many SJSU Research Foundation & University policies affect the development of proposals and the administration
of funded awards. It is important that faculty members pursuing extramural support be fully aware of these
policies developed to protect their interests and those of the University. Questions related to a specific
policy may be addressed to the Director of Sponsored Programs or your Research Foundation Sponsored Programs
| SJSURF Policies on Research
San José State University encourages faculty involvement
in research and training projects, scholarship, and other creative
activities. Policy S94-8 covers the following topics:
Sources of research funds at SJSU
Overview of sponsored research
Role of the SJSU Research Foundation
Faculty eligibility to serve as Principal Investigator
Classified and proprietary research
Release time and overload
Full text of S94-8
San José State University has a responsibility
to society to defend and to maintain academic and intellectual freedom.
To ensure that those engaged in academic pursuits can effectively
execute their responsibilities, SJSU faculty must remain free of
the forces of special interests and political interference if they
are to fulfill society's expectations and their educational responsibilities.
Through their responsible professional conduct, the faculty promote
and protect academic freedom.
Full text of S99-8
As stated in F12-5, all members (faculty, staff, and students) of the San Jose State University (SJSU, University) community are expected to perform their scholarly and scientific activities with the highest ethical standards, Research Mishonesty, and integrity. Instances of misconduct in research threaten the academic commitment to truth. San Jose State University will not tolerate misconduct in any aspect of research or scholarly endeavor and will vigorously investigate allegations of misconduct, taking all reasonable steps to protect the rights and interests of individuals whose work or performance is questioned.
Full Text of F12-5, Policy Recommendation, Responding to Allegations of Research Misconduct
An increased risk of conflict of interest
may occur when faculty are funded by industry or by a sponsor which
supports a related project. The conflict of interest policy regulates
potential risk in order to protect funded research from bias.
Investigators must disclose significant
financial interests at the time of proposal submission and update
this information annually or as new interests are obtained during
the life of the award.
The Associate Vice President for Graduate
Studies and Research will review disclosures, assess their potential
for conflicts of interest, and develop resolution strategies with
the investigator to manage, reduce or eliminate such conflicts.
Statement of Economic Interest - Conflict of
Financial Conflict of Interest FCOI-1
Financial Conflict of Interest FCOI-2
Full text of S99-11
Research and other sponsored projects
may result in the development of inventions by faculty, students,
or staff. These inventions are often developed using University
resources and facilities. SJSU's patent policy stipulates that all
such inventions belong to the University.
When a discovery is made which may be
patentable, a disclosure describing the invention is prepared and
forwarded to the Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies and
Research or the Research Foundation. The University reviews the disclosure
to determine its patentability and marketability. If the University
wishes to proceed, an agreement concerning rights will be reached
between the University and the inventor.
If the University determines that the
invention is not likely to lead to a marketable product, it is returned
to the inventor who then has full ownership of the invention. SJSU's
patent policy details the procedures of filing disclosures, pursuing
a patent, ownership of a patent, and division of any proceeds.
Copyright is the ownership and control
of intellectual property in original works of authorship. SJSU's
copyright policy provides that all rights in copyright shall remain
with the creator unless the material is prepared pursuant to a specific
University or CSU assignment, or an externally funded project. Terms
of ownership must be negotiated in advance of full execution of
Full text of F98-3
Separate research and training units may be organized within the
University when there is a clear indication that they will aid the
research, teaching, and public service of participating faculty
and will continue on a reasonably permanent basis.
The creation of such units must be proposed to the Associate Vice
President for Graduate Studies and Research, via the appropriate
college dean. Final recommendation and approval is provided by the
Research Committee of the Academic Senate and President. The policy
for Organized Research and Training Units outlines proposal procedures
and rules of administration.
Full text of S05-13
Administrative responsibility for the protection of human subjects
at SJSU rests with the Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies
and Research and the Institutional Review Board Human Subjects.
This committee reviews proposed research involving human subjects
in order to ensure full protection of their rights. Human subject
involvement is constituted by physical participation in an activity,
tissue donation, or other provision of information directly, indirectly,
or through a third party.
Protocols should be received by the Associate Vice President for
Graduate Studies and Research at least 30 days before the funding
agency's deadline for submission. If a sponsor funds the project
before approval is obtained, work may not commence until approval
Full text of S08-07
Full text of
The University complies with all federal,
state, university, and other regulatory requirements related to
the acquisition, care, use, and treatment of animals in the performance
of instruction and research. The campus veterinarian, in association
with the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), is
responsible for oversight and review of all issues related to animal
care, facilities and procedures.
The faculty researcher must submit the
animal protocol for review to the Manager of the Animal Care Facility,
College of Science, who will have it reviewed and approved by members
of IACUC. If a sponsor funds the project before approval is obtained,
work may not commence until approval is received.
Full text of F06-4
The University cannot accept any grant or contract that involves
classified research, as stated by Academic Senate Policy S69-12.
The University will accept no external support for research that
restrains the freedom of the University or the Project Director
from disclosing the existence of a grant or contract, the nature
of the inquiry, or the identify of the sponsor.
Results of all research approved by the University must be freely
publishable. In special circumstances the Associate Vice President
for Graduate Studies and Research may negotiate in advance to delay
publication and/or presentation for a modest period not to
exceed 180 days.
University personnel may sign confidentiality agreements allowing
access to privileged material critical to a sponsored research project.
They must be free however to report on the general results of the
research project within a reasonable time period.
Full text of F69-12
The primary mandates of a university—the discovery and dissemination of knowledge and understanding,
are absolutely dependent upon academic and intellectual freedom. Freedom in research is fundamental to the
advancement of truth. Freedom in teaching is fundamental for the protection of the rights of the student in
learning and of the faculty in teaching.
San José State University has a responsibility to society to defend and to maintain these freedoms,
and to ensure that those engaged in academic pursuits can effectively execute their responsibilities. SJSU
faculty must remain free of the forces of special interests and political interference if they are to
fulfill society's expectations and their educational responsibilities.
Full text of S99-9
San Jose State University subscribes to the principles that fair use of copyrighted materials is applicable
to teaching, research, and scholarship in higher education; that access to information, regardless of its
format, is essential for the creative and learning processes; and, that licenses and/or transaction fees
inhibit the free exchange of information. San Jose State University accepts the obligation to educate
constituents about intellectual properties and the lawful (fair) uses of the copyrighted works of
Full text of F96-11
For more information please contact the Interim COO, Jerri Carmo, at Jerri.Carmo@sjsu.edu