Dual-Use Research of Concern
On September 24, 2015 the United States Government Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) became effective.
In accordance with the Federal Government Policy, all life science research at Virginia Tech will need to be in accordance with the Virginia Tech Dual Use Research of Concern Policy (Research Policy 13050). The Virginia Tech Dual Use Research of Concern Policy provides guidance for researchers whose work may meet the criteria for DURC.
The types of agents and experiments that are currently designated as meeting the definition of Life Sciences DURC can be found in Attachment A: Life Science DURC.
The Associate Vice President for the Division of Scholarly Integrity and Research Compliance serves as the Virginia Tech Institutional Contact for Dual Use Research (ICDUR).
The Institutional Biosafety Committee has been identified as the Institutional Review Entity (IRE) for DURC.
Any researcher who has questions regarding the Virginia Tech or Federal Government policies, or who wishes to submit research for review of DURC criteria, can contact the Virginia Tech Institutional Contact for Dual Use Research (ICDUR), Dr. Lisa M. Lee (LMLee@vt.edu). You may also contact the Institutional Biosafety Committee Program Director (email@example.com).