Dual Use Research of Concern

Dual Use

Dual Use Research of Concern

Under the Policy for Institutional DURC Oversight, the identification of DURC-related risks and the management of those risks begin with the identification, by PIs, of research that directly involves nonattenuated forms of 1 or more of the 15 listed agents. Any such research that is identified must then be assessed for whether the research produces, aims to produce, or can be reasonably anticipated to produce one or more of seven listed experimental effects.

Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) is defined as life sciences research that, based on current understanding, can be reasonably anticipated to provide knowledge, information, products or technology that could be directly misapplied to pose a significant threat with broad potential consequences to public health and safety, agricultural crops and other plants, animals, the environment, materiel, or national security.

The National Institute of Health (NIH) has produced a short informational video about when dual use research of concern might occur and the importance of the identification and mitigation of the risks involved with such research.

Identification and Assessment by PIs of Research That Requires Institutional Review
What research may fall under DURC?
Research Involving the Listed Agents
DURC Oversight
National Security Advisory Board for Biosecurity
Experimental Effects
What are the 7 categories of research that may be DURC?

Still have questions

Contact Export Controls : Mike Sanderson tel:255-3044

Contact Institutional Biosafety Committee:  Cindy Norton tel:255-3212