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International Research and Service Projects: Risk Management Procedures




Latest Revision:  May 24, 2017   

Revised:  These Procedures were originally issued on March 12, 2007; revised versions were issued on June 14, 2007, Nov. 28, 2011, March 19, 2013, January 5, 2016, and May 24, 2017.



This memorandum outlines Columbia University’s risk management procedures (the “Procedures”) for international research and service projects (“Projects”).  The University supports and encourages international research and service, but recognizes that the Projects involve special risks that should be considered and addressed.


The Procedures are not designed to second guess the scholarship of a Project or to hinder the grant application process.  At the same time, they provide a mechanism for the University to inquire as to what risks should be considered and how they should be managed.  In addition, the Procedures will assist the University in the development of a data base of information relating to Projects and to better provide the investigators at the University with international research expertise.


I.  Committees


The University will form a standing committee, the International Research Committee (the “IR Committee”), whose members will be appointed by the Executive Vice President for Research (the “EVPR”) in consultation with the Office of the Provost. 


The IR Committee will consist of two Officers of Instruction and/or Officers of Research and one representative of each of the Office of the General Counsel (“OGC”), the Office of Sponsored Projects Administration (“SPA”), the Human Research Protection Office Institutional Review Boards (“IRB”), the Finance Division, the Office of the Provost, and the Office of Research Compliance and Training (“RCT”).  The IR Committee will carry out the Procedures and will report to the EVPR and the Provost periodically upon request.  


In addition, and as needed, the EVPR may appoint an International Research Advisory Committee (the “IR Advisory Committee”).  The IR Advisory Committee will consist of Officers of Instruction, Officers of Research and senior administrators who have had experience working on Projects.  The IR Advisory Committee will advise on policies relating to Projects.  


The EVPR will appoint a Chair or Co-Chairs of both the IR Advisory Committee and the IR Committee.  


II. Procedures


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