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This Handbook addresses the conduct of research, i.e., systematic investigation designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge, at Stanford.
A complete Table of Contents of the Research Policy Handbook, including policy dates, is available (pdf file).
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The cost sharing update incorporates the new requirements of the National Science Foundation (NSF), prohibiting cost sharing unless specifically required by a program solicitation. This prohibition extends to the waiver of indirect costs on NSF-funded research projects. As a result, Stanford will no longer waive indirect costs on the salaries of undergraduate students working on sponsored projects. Instead, a financial incentive will be provided to the PI through the office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Research to encourage meaningful undergraduate participation on sponsored research projects.
The following have also been updated to provide guidance related to these policies:
Stanford University reserves the right to amend at any time the policies and other materials contained in this handbook. Currently applicable versions are provided here, superseding any previous versions.