Policies & Procedures

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Economic Development  has overall managerial responsibility for LSU’s research enterprise to oversee the compliance of campus research with federal, state and university regulations; facilitate relations between University researchers and private industry from the U.S. and abroad.

The following research policies and procedures apply to all LSU faculty, staff and students.

The LSU Agricultural Center Policy Statement (AG CENTER PS) series is established to provide a uniform method for informing AgCenter employees of newly established policies or to clarify existing directives or regulations. more info...
Sponsored program activity is an integral part of the research enterprise at Louisiana State University. This activity is documented in various internal and external reports in terms of proposal submissions, awards, and expenditures. Both academic and non-academic units participate in funded research activity. The vast majority of principal investigators are appointed to an academic unit. Many of them also utilize the equipment or services available through non-academic research centers or institutes to conduct their research programs. The relationship between academic units and non-academic research centers and institutes is thus collaborative, mutually supportive and beneficial to all parties involved. When a researcher whose assignment is in an academic unit receives funding to support research requiring the use of non-academic unit facilities, it is important to have procedures in place to ensure proper identification and involvement of the units. The procedure delineated below acknowledges this symbiotic relationship and outlines a mechanism to achieve this goal. more info...
The ethical and responsible conduct of research is an obligation fundamental to the process of scholarly inquiry. It benefits the entire LSU community to ensure that everyone engaged in scholarly work has received appropriate and rigorous training in matters pertaining to the ethical and responsible conduct of research. more info...
As of Summer 2013, this document describes the cyber-infrastructure recommendations to support proposal writing. more info...
As of January 18th, 2011, the National Science Foundation is requiring that all proposals be accompanied by a data management plan that is detailed in a 2 page (maximum) supplement to the proposal. This document describes the LSU Office of Research & Economic Development recommendations for being responsive to this requirement. more info...
This handbook is provided as one mechanism to facilitate the work of LSU researchers by providing practical insights and explanations for the variety of issues that arise during the inherently complex process of research in the university context. No such manual can anticipate and pre‐empt every question that might surface during the conduct of research. This guide instead takes as its starting point many of the major issues elucidated in a report issued in May of 2010 by the Research Related Administrative Procedures Committee (RRAP). This committee was appointed by the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost in 2009 to identify and make recommendations on major obstacles to the conduct of research here at LSU as perceived by faculty, administrators, and research administrative support staff. The overarching goal of that committee was essentially to minimize the perceived obstacles to the conduct of research at LSU. This handbook is one follow‐up result of the work of that committee. more info...
Some funding programs require proposals to include a commitment from the proposing institution in the form of required committed cost sharing. When this is the case, the Office of Research & Economic Development can be consulted to determine if cost sharing resources are available. The following guidelines should be followed when developing a plan to fulfill the required cost sharing element of a program submission:
  1. Proposers should consult with ORED as far before the submission deadline as possible on potential contributions to the cost sharing plan.
  2. Proposers should make every effort to secure commitments from their units and colleges to contribute to the cost sharing plan prior to coordinating with ORED.
  3. In the event of multiple submissions from LSU to a program with required committed cost sharing stipulations, resource commitments from ORED will be made on a first come, first served basis due to the limited resources available for such programs. Hence, establishing dialogue on this matter as early as possible is essential.
  4. The form below must be completed for all proposals on which ORED is providing cost sharing support.
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Nationally and internationally competitive fellowships and awards (e.g. Guggenheim, NEH, ACLS) bring recognition and prestige to individual faculty members and to LSU as a whole. For some disciplines (e.g. arts, humanities), these are the primary mechanism for externally funded research and scholarship. LSU strongly encourages pursuit of these awards, and has developed guidelines to support the fellowship application process and to support in principle keeping the faculty member’s salary and benefits ‘whole’ to the extent possible. more info...