University of Hawai‘i
Research Compliance


Promote Research Integrity

How can I become and help each person I supervise become an even more responsible and productive researcher?

Federal awarding agencies, such as NSF and HHS, require certain persons supported by a grant or contract to be educated in core areas of responsible conduct of research (RCR). These core areas include but are not limited to:

  • Avoiding research misconduct
  • The protection of human research participants
  • The welfare of regulated laboratory animals
  • Conflicts of interest/commitment
  • Data management
  • Mentor and trainee responsibilities
  • Collaborative research
  • Authorship and publication practices
  • Peer review
  • Responsibilities of scientists in society

What Can You Do?


UH Executive Policies and Administrative Procedures for Responding to Allegations of Research and Scholarly Misconduct

These policies and procedures apply to all faculty, researchers, and staff members, including, without limitation, undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, postdoctoral research associates, visiting faculty or staff, faculty or staff on sabbatical leave, and adjunct faculty when performing University work, and faculty or staff on leave without pay. This also includes persons, who at the time of the alleged research misconduct, were employed by, were agents of, or were affiliated by contact or agreement with the University.

If the U.S. government finds that you have committed research misconduct, the consequences can be severe:

  • Imprisonment
  • Fines
  • Permanent or lengthly debarment from eligibility to receive Federal funds, including Medicare reimbursement of medical services you provide
  • Prohibition from service on federal advisory committees, peer review committees, or as consultants
  • Imposed supervision of research supported by federal funds
  • Required certification of research information sources or data
  • Correction or retraction of published articles found to be fraudulent
  • Loss of reputation

If UH finds that you have committed research misconduct, the consequences can also be severe:

  • Loss of employment
  • Reduction in salary
  • Loss of resources
  • Restrictions
  • Increased supervision