Cornell researchers adhere to many policies, guidelines, and codes that are important to conducting research at Cornell University. The Vice Provost for Research is the executive responsible for a number of the policies. Some of them are included here.
- For a complete list of University Policies, see Cornell University Policy Office.
Free and Open Research
Use of University Facilities
- Private Use of University Research Facilities
- Use of University Facilities for Research and Other Purposes
Financial Conflicts of Interest Related to Sponsored Research, Extension, and Non-Sponsored Research Activities
- Financial Conflicts of Interest Related to Research Policy
- Conflicts of Interest and Commitment Policy
- Annual Discolsure Statement of External Interests and Time Commitments
- Guidance on Consulting and Other External Engagements by Faculty
- Appropriate Involvement in Start-ups by Members of the University Community
- Guidelines for Managing Conflict of Interest in SBIR/STTR Projects
- Conflict of Interest Guidance on the Use of Human Participants
Cornell University expects all members of the university community to follow prescribed procedures in determining the ownership of copyrights and managing copyrights owned by the university.
Inventions and Related Property Rights
University Policy 1.5, Inventions and Related Property Rights, explains the principles and procedures by which inventions are disclosed to the University, how ownership of inventions is determined, how inventions are protected and commercialized, and how invention revenue is distributed.
- Interpretation of IP Policy for MEng and MPS Student Projects
- Intellectual Property Carve-out Policy
- Plant Breeders Limited Policy Exception Guidelines
- Waiver of Inventor’s Share of Licensing Income Guidelines and Form
- Inventions and Related Property Rights Assignment Form
Principal Investigator Eligibility Policy
Full-time members of the faculty may serve as principal investigators on sponsored programs. Individuals with other titles may serve, under special circumstances and with required approvals, as a principal investigator (PI), co-PI, or project director.
Postdoctoral Associate Minimum Salary
The minimum annual salary for postdoctoral associates is set at the National Institutes of Health National Service Awards (NIH NSRA) zero years of experience stipend level. Salary for postdoctorates on NIH awards must follow the minimum salary requirements for all years of experience.
- Human Participants
- Vertebrate Animals
- Biohazardous Materials