Research Safety and Security

Research safety and security applies to four major areas: Biological and Environmental SafetyExport ControlsData Access and Use, and Facilities Access and Use

  • University policies related to Biological and Environmental Safety are designed to ensure that employees, students and visitors follow safe practices when working with or near hazardous agents and that the University is in compliance with all relevant Federal, State and local laws and regulations.
  • Export Controls are U.S. laws and regulations that regulate and restrict the release of critical technologies, technical data, software code, equipment, chemical and biological materials, and other materials, and information and services to foreign nationals and foreign countries for reasons of foreign policy and national security. 
  • Data Access and Use is guided by both campus policy and external policies and guidelines. The campus policy applies to all campus research and researchers regardless of funding source.
  • Facilities Access and Use is also guided by both campus policy and external policies and guidelines.

Federal Sponsor and Agency Definitions and Guidance:

Training Resources:

NSF has just released a series of four Research Security training modules, free to researchers and institutions throughout the U.S. They are "designed to facilitate principled international collaboration in an open, transparent, and secure environment that safeguards the nation's research ecosystem" (NSF News, 1/30/2024).

  • This Research Security course, along with a more detailed Research Security Advanced course, are now available through the same CITI Program used for Conflict of Interest, Export Control, IRB, IACUC, and RECR training. 
    • Log into the CITI Program using your UMA credentials and follow the instructions.
    • The Research Security options are included in Question 16 on the "Select Curriculum" page.
    • For assistance, contact Melinda LeLacheur at melindal@research.umass.edu.