Research Policy

Trinity College, primarily an undergraduate teaching institution, recognizes that scholarly activities enhance the teaching enterprise. Trinity supports a wide variety of research and scholarship by faculty members; it also encourages and supports research efforts by students both independently and in collaboration with faculty.

The College provides leaves for faculty members at specific intervals so that they may concentrate on particular scholarly projects. Additionally, the Faculty Research Committee provides modest grants for summer research activities and for faculty research leaves. The Office of Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations (CFGR) assists faculty with preparation of grant proposals for federal, state, and other private agencies. The College encourages research on all subjects and refrains from any kind of institutional judgment or censorship. The quality of the research is judged solely by professional standards.

Faculty members who wish to submit grant proposals are strongly urged to contact CFGR as soon as possible, but no less than two weeks from the deadline, to discuss their work. Faculty is also expected to discuss applications with their department chair(s) prior to submission.
 

Internal Review

All grant proposals that 1.) designate the College as the recipient of sponsored project funding or 2.) require matching funds from the College, are subject to an internal, pre-submission review via the internal transmittal form.

The internal transmittal form is the vehicle for collecting written approval for any and all grant submissions or letters of intent to apply. The form must be signed and submitted to the director of faculty grants at least 10 business days before the grant deadline.

Please see more information about obtaining institutional approval here.

Reporting

Faculty members who are awarded grants are required to file all interim and final reports in a timely manner. In addition, he/she is required to adhere to the approved expenditure of budget funds. While some flexibility is often allowed between budget categories, it is imperative that all activities related to the grant be carried out in a manner that will sustain the reputation of the individual and the College. See more about reporting here.

Financial Disclosure and Conflict of Interest

The federal government requires Trinity College to establish a financial disclosure policy and training program for PI/PDs conducting federally funded research. This requirement is designed to ensure appropriate management of actual or potential conflicts of interest. Additionally, PI/PDs on NIH proposals are required to be trained in the College’s Financial Disclosure policy. This training is strongly recommended for those receiving funding from other organizations as well. Please consult the Faculty Manual A.7 for more information and contact the director of faculty grants to schedule training.
 

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Trinity College is committed to maintaining a climate conducive to intellectual inquiry and scholarship within the College community. Faculty members are expected to conduct their research carefully and with the highest integrity. The College requires compliance with the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health policies on Responsible Conduct of Research. These government entities require RCR training for anyone conducting research (undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and PI/PDs, paid or unpaid). Many other funding agencies require the completion RCR training. The College currently subscribes to the CITI online training program which satisfies the requirements of many funders, including NSF. Please speak with the director of faculty grants to identify adequate training resources.

Unethical Research Practices

Trinity College has a policy for the review of alleged unethical research practices. To view this policy and a list of infractions, please see the Faculty Manual A.6.
 

Human and Animal Subjects

The College has two committees which handle internal approvals for research with animals and human subjects. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews and evaluates faculty and student research that involves the collection of information from human participants. The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) oversees the institution’s animal program, facilities, and procedures. Both committees include external professionals not affiliated with the College.

Equipment

All major equipment acquired by the College, regardless of the source of funding, remains the possession of the institution, unless otherwise negotiated with the dean of the faculty. Decisions concerning individual cases will be handled as they arise.

Dissemination of knowledge/free inquiry

Occasionally, grant opportunities arise that pose unique problems regarding dissemination of knowledge or free inquiry. In these situations, i.e., restricted research, each case will be examined by the director of faculty grants, the dean of the faculty, and, if necessary, the general counsel before internal approval is granted.

Technology Transfer

Technology transfer refers to the transfer of scientific findings between organizations for the purposes of development and research. Where a technology transfer agreement is necessary, the College uses a standard form developed by the Association of University Technology Managers and found here.
 

Patent and Invention Policy

For more information, please refer to the Faculty Manual A.9.


The College complies with all federal regulations and has the following assurances filed with DHHS: civil rights, misconduct in science, handicapped individuals, sex discrimination, age discrimination, drug-free workplace.
 

Corporate, Foundation & Government Relations Office

Contact information:

Amy Brough
Director of Institutional Support
(860) 297-5315
amy.brough@trincoll.edu

Kristin Magendantz
Director of Faculty Grants and Sponsored Research
(860) 297-5347
kristin.magendantz@trincoll.edu

Carol Darr
Associate Director of Corporate, Foundation & Government Relations
(860) 297-2339
carolyn.darr@trincoll.edu

Elizabeth Fitzgerald
Assistant Director of Corporate, Foundation & Government Relations
(860) 297-4287
elizabeth.fitzgerald@trincoll.edu

Ellen Hart
Assistant Director of Institutional Support
(860) 297-4148
ellen.hart@trincoll.edu