Applicable External Policies


Indirect Costs Policies and Rates

    The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is the cognizant agency for SI government indirect cost rates. Two indirect cost rates, the Grants and Contracts Overhead Rate and the General and Administrative Rate are used for all SI-Washington based government grants and contracts.

    Additional, unit-specific, indirect cost rates have been authorized for the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC).

    Government indirect cost rate characteristics and application procedures are in Smithsonian Directive 304.


Compliance Policies

    Use of Human Subjects in Research *

        Responsible Conduct of Research
        • Federal and Smithsonian Institution policy (SD 607) requires training in the Responsible Conduct of Research for all students, interns, post-doctoral fellows supported by awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH) or Public Health Service (PHS). The RCR topic areas include: Research Misconduct, Data Management, Conflict of Interest, Collaborative Science, Responsible Authorship, Mentoring, Peer Review, Lab Animals, Human Subjects.

          Financial Conflict of Interest
          • Federal and Smithsonian Institution policy, SD 608, requires disclosure of significant financial interests by individuals responsible for the design, conduct or reporting of research funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), or Public Health Service (PHS.)

          Misconduct in Research
          • Federal and Smithsonian Institution policy (SD 604) defines Misconduct in Research as: fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research or in reporting research results.
          • Office of Research Integrity, Department of Health and Human Services

        Contact the Research Compliance Officer for more information.

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