Proposals to the Tobacco Industry

Although Regents Policy does not prohibit the solicitation or acceptance of funds for tobacco-related research, it does require that such projects be reviewed carefully. Regent Policy 2309: Policy Requiring Special Review/Approval Procedures Prior to University Submission of Research Proposals to Tobacco Industry Funders, requires that each UC campus establish a process for ensuring that any proposal submitted to a company whose primary business is the manufacture and sale of tobacco products, or any agency that is substantially controlled or acting on behalf of a tobacco company, must first undergo scientific peer review.  

Adopted in September 2007 (and initially referred to as RE-89), Regent Policy 2309 includes the following elements:

No proposal for extramural funding may be submitted to a company whose primary business is the manufacture and sale of tobacco products, or any agency that is substantially controlled or acting on behalf of a tobacco company without a campus prior review and approval under the provisions set forth in the policy.

It creates guidelines for the creation of scientific review committee, describes the way in which the review is to be conducted, and requires that the committee outline its recommendations in a written report to the Chancellor.  

It requires that a Chancellor provide the researcher, the President, and The Regents with a written determination approving or disapproving the request to submit the proposal.  

Under the policy, the Office of the President must post the written determinations under this Regent Policy on the UCOP website. These determinations are published spefically on the righ-hand column of this page.

Campuses should forward written determinations to Michael Kusiak at Michael.Kusiak@ucop.edu for publication.