Research is defined in 45 CFR 46 as “a systematic investigation, including research development, testing, and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalized knowledge…some demonstration and service programs may include research activities.” Copies of the full federal guidelines and the ethical guidelines that provide the framework for research review are on file in the office of the Director of Research and Sponsored Programs.

Minimal Risk is defined in the common rule (45 CFR 46) as “the probability and magnitude of harm or discomfort anticipated in the proposed research are not greater in and of themselves, than those ordinarily encountered in daily life or during the performance of routine physical or psychological examinations or tests.”

Adapted from UL Lafayette Office of Research 04/02/01