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Human Subjects Protection

All research involving human subjects must be reviewed by the Institutional Review Board - Human Subjects Protection Committee. During the review process various guidelines are used in reviewing the research protocol to ensure that it is in compliance with federal and state regulations, and in accordance with Delaware State University's institutional assurance compliance filed with the Office for Protection from Research Risks (OPRR). Submission of a protocol to the IRB - Human Subjects Protection Committee and subsequent approval of the project means that the IRB - Human Subjects Protection Committee has found the protocol to conform to scientific, ethical and legal standards for research involving human subjects. All survey forms that entail research activities that may involve little or no risk to subjects must be submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP), building 502. Funded, including non-funded research projects, must also be submitted to the OSP. For more information, please visit the Proposals/Grant Forms page or contact Mr. Dennis Rubino in the Office of Sponsored Programs at (302) 857-6834 or at

Benefits of Writing Grants

There are many benefits to writing grants for the university and your Department. Not only do you improve the academic structure of the University and your community through research, but you as the Principal Investigator (PI) benefit as well. There are three incentives to writing grants. Release Time When proposals are submitted and funded, the Principal Investigator (PI) is given release time from his/her academic responsibilities such as classroom instruction to run the funded program. A percentage of his/her classroom instruction is reassigned to other faculty members and that percentage of time will then be used to carry out the objectives of the grant. This percentage and amount has to be approved by the faculty member, Chair and Dean. PI Account/Indirect Costs The Administrative Council has approved the following policy for using indirect costs. When proposals are funded, regardless of the overhead rate, the unit sponsoring the grant/contract will receive 40% of the overhead/indirect cost, the Office of Sponsored Programs will receive 10% and the University will receive 50% of the overhead/indirect cost. If the unit is a school, the overhead/indirect cost money returned shall be distributed as follows: The school will be awarded 5% The department will be awarded 5%; and The Principal Investigator (PI) will receive 30% If the unit is not a school, the overhead/indirect cost money shall be distributed as follows: The budget unit will be awarded 5% The department in which the PI has academic rank will be awarded 5%; and The PI will receive 30% None of the indirect cost money can be used to augment departmental salary lines with the exception of student workers or graduate student assistants. Any cost sharing required shall be deducted in the proportion set forth above. Asset for Promotion and Tenure Writing winning proposals can benefit you during the funded periods as well as years down the road. The PI can include the funded proposal in his/her promotion and tenure portfolio. The PI will also be able to reference the funded grant on his/her curriculum vita when seeking promotions and/or positions within the University or external to the University.

Institutional Animal Care and Use

All animal-use protocols involving vertebrate animals conducted or sponsored by Delaware State University must be submitted for campus Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) review, approval, and periodic review in accordance with campus policies and procedures which are required by federal law. Review of animal-use protocols may be subject to further appropriate review and approval by officials of the University. These officials may not, however, approve an activity involving the care and use of animals if the campus IACUC has not approved it. All faculty and staff using animals in teaching and/or research purposes should download a copy of the  IACUC Approval Application. This document identifies the requirements and procedures for obtaining approval of animal-use protocols. An animal-use project may not begin until the principal investigator has been notified that the animal-use protocol has been approved by the campus IACUC and a protocol number has been assigned by the IACUC Committee. A completed copy of the application should be forwarded to Dr. Dennis McIntosh in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences. For more information on IACUC, please all (302) 857-6456 or (302) 857-6834.

Research Division


Research  (n): studious inquiry or examination aimed at the discovery and interpretation of new knowledge —Merrill Webster's Desk Dictionary


“Research” is what happens when you pair curiosity with knowledge, inspiration, perspiration and determination. The mission of the Office of the Vice President for Research, Innovation and Economic Development is “to provide to those individuals who are admitted quality research opportunities and experiences that are consistent with the overall University Commitment.” The Research Division is also responsible for maintaining an infrastructure within a supportive environment that encourages both faculty and students to produce research with results that are making our world better every day (see Mission , Vision, Goals for more info). Join us in our quest for “new knowledge.” Prestigious research projects underway by DSU faculty members serve to enhance DSU's land-grant mission and its contributions to the nation's research efforts. View a sampling of ongoing research activity to see some of the interesting research going on at DSU. The Office of Sponsored Programs has more information about research and grant opportunities. DSU’s Hydrogen Storage Research Center The primary focus of the Hydrogen Storage Research Center is finding novel materials that can store and release large quantities of hydrogen gas at moderate temperatures and pressures. These materials can be used on board vehicles for hydrogen fuel cell applications. Materials are being sought that will absorb at least 6 wt. % hydrogen by the year 2010 and 9 wt. % by 2015 (DOE objective). The Research Center is involved in all aspects of hydrogen storage research including: fabricating and testing the hydrogen storage materials determining the amount of hydrogen that can be absorbed and released from these materials determining their thermodynamic stability finding catalysts that are suitable for certain reactions measuring the kinetics of uptake and release, and performing modeling studies to determine the mechanism that controls the reaction rates. Dr. Andrew Goudy, who has over 25 years of experience in this area, heads the Hydrogen Storage Research Center.   

“Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose. It is a seeking that he who wishes may know the cosmic secrets of the world and they that dwell therein.”

— Zora Neale Hurston (1891–1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist.


Research Projects

Research Partnerships and Collaborations

Listed below are some of the institutions who have partnerships and collaborations with Delaware State University in the areas of research:

United States Army Research Laboratories
State of Delaware
National Security Agency
U.S. Air Force
BP Foundation
American Psychology Association
DE Mental Health
American Chemical Society
Fox Chase Cancer Center
Ion Power
U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Agriculture
National Institutes of Health
U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services
National Science Foundation
United States Department of Defense
University of Maryland - Eastern Shore
Virginia State University
University of Delaware
Drexel University
University of Maryland – College Park
Lincoln University
Cheyney University
Morgan State University

And others…

The Research Center is involved in all aspects of hydrogen storage research including:

  • fabricating and testing the hydrogen storage materials
  • determining the amount of hydrogen that can be absorbed and released from these materials
  • determining their thermodynamic stability
  • finding catalysts that are suitable for certain reactions
  • measuring the kinetics of uptake and release, and
  • performing modeling studies to determine the mechanism that controls the reaction rates.



The Ethics Resource Site Archives of Public Events

The Ethics Resource Site Archives of Public Events   Q.E.D. 2015: Natural Science Symposia   Thomas Planchon, Ph.D. Associate Professor   Young-Gi Kim, Ph.D.  Assistant Professor   Gulnihal Ozbay, Ph.D.   Professor and Extension Specialist in Natural Resources   Hakeem Lawal, Ph.D. Assistant Professor   Q.E.D.: Natural Science Symposia-2014(PDF)   Q.E.D.: Natural Science Symposia-2013      Q.E.D.: Natural Science Symposia -2012 (PDF)       More photos>>>   Q.E.D.:  Natural Science Symposia - 2011 (PDF) 2011 Schedule:  A Series of Informal Presentations, in an Informal Environment, on Research in the Natural Sciences.     Q.E.D.: Natural Science Symposia - 2010 (PDF) 2010 Schedule:  A Series of Informal Presentations, in an Informal Environment, on Research in the Natural Sciences. Ethical Challenges in Scientific Research - February 11, 2008 Dr. John F. Ahearne, Executive Director Emeritus of the Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Society, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina delivered a presentation on "The Many Ethical Challenges in Scientific Research" on Monday, February 11, 2008 at 3:00 p.m at Delaware State University, Science Center North-117. Forum on Immigration - January 24, 2007 On Wednesday, 24 January 2007, The Ethics Resource Site sponsored "A Forum on Immigration."  Forum panelists included: Elaine Archangelo, Director, Delaware Division of Social Services; Jeanne Cashman, Executive Director, Sojourner's Place; Madeline Welch, Attorney, Community Legal Aid Society; and Louisa Terrell, Deputy Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Joseph R. Biden.  This forum was held at 7:00 p.m. in the Longwood Auditorium of the School of Management Building on the campus of Delaware State University in Dover, and was free and open to the public.  Each of the forum panelists (from the perspective of her own area of expertise) was expected to do the following: to identify and explain some important features of the immigration process, to identify (in order to dispel) some popular misconceptions concerning immigration, and to identify some ethical issues concerning immigration and/or immigrants. Global Climate Change - November 14, 2006 Anthony C. Janetos, Director of the Joint Global Change Research Institute delivered a presentation on "Global Climate Change" on Tuesday, November 14, 2006, at 7:00 p.m., in the Longwood Auditorium of the School of Management Building. This presentation, "Global and Regional Issues in Global Change," was designed to demonstrate, scientifically, the impact of global climate change on the environment (including the local environment of Delaware as a coastal state), to enumerate some measures that individual people can take in order to mitigate some of the negative effects of global climate change, and to identify some ethical issues that are raised by the current conditions of global climate change. Dr. Janetos graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a bachelor's degree in biology, and earned both a master's degree and a Ph.D. in biology from Princeton University.

The Ethics Resource Site

THE ETHICS RESOURCE SITE was established at Delaware State University as an intrinsic part of the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR): Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII-1). Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), with a 50% match from the State of Delaware, this program was designed to improve the scientific research infrastructure throughout the state of Delaware. THE ETHICS RESOURCE SITE is maintained as a result of the EPSCoR: RII-2 grant, which is funded by the NSF (with a match by the State of Delaware). Administered by the Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN), this program continues as a partnership of the following institutions of higher learning: the University of Delaware, Delaware State University, Wesley College, and Delaware Technical and Community College. Each of these partner institutions has its own unique, but complementary, project that, when taken in conjunction, advances the various strategic imperatives of the grant, the major focus of which is “to achieve a sustainable environment while ensuring a prosperous economy,” and the title of which is: “Building Research and Education Infrastructure to Enhance Environmental Science and its Application in Delaware.” Through the auspices of the EPSCoR: RII-2 collaborative agreement, the Center for Integrated Biological and Environmental Research (CIBER) has been established at Delaware State University. Housed in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences, CIBER serves as the hub of a network of natural scientific researchers from all four of the Delaware EPSCoR partner institutions of higher learning. In addition to a director and staff to conduct the day-to-day activities, a Core Implementation Team and an Advisory Board serve to guide the on-going inter-institutional collaboration of research faculty in their efforts to secure grants, to conduct cutting edge natural scientific research, and to engage in educational and other outreach activities for the benefit of the citizens of the state of Delaware. THE ETHICS RESOURCE SITE was established at Delaware State University as a repository of expertise in normative ethical theory and in applied ethics, in areas that include (but are not limited to): Environmental Ethics, Bioethics (i.e., ethical issues that arise in the biological sciences as well as those that arise in the field of health care),  Ethics in Technology, and Business Ethics. A main purpose of THE ETHICS RESOURCE SITE is to serve the citizens of the state of Delaware in, at least, two fundamental ways: first, to raise awareness concerning ethical issues with which people are confronted in their daily lives (both public and private), and second, to address the needs of a variety of groups of people with respect to the clarification of ethical concepts and the understanding of ethical issues, both of which are relevant to such groups of people (e.g., people who share the same occupational, social, or ethnic concerns). Lectures, Forums and Panel Discussions In an effort to raise the awareness of members of the community-at-large regarding social issues that impact our daily lives as well as to promote an understanding of the ethical concerns and a clarification of the ethical concepts that are inherent in such issues, public lectures, forums, and panel discussions are sponsored by THE ETHICS RESOURCE SITE. Ethics Seminars for Researchers, Faculty and Students In addition to serving the community-at-large, another purpose of THE ETHICS RESOURCE SITE is to offer seminars and courses (on ethical issues that are relevant to researchers in the natural sciences) for faculty, post-doctoral research fellows, graduate students, and undergraduate students from the partner institutions who are engaged in research activities which are related to the Delaware EPSCoR program. Professional Ethics Consulting Service For employees of governmental agencies, employees of business enterprises, members of professional associations, and members of other such organizations, THE ETHICS RESOURCE SITE conducts the following types of activities:   Ethics Seminars – which focus on specific ethical issues or topics that would normally be custom-designed for particular groups, Ethics Courses – which offer a more extensive learning experience on any of a number of professional ethics issues, and Ethics Conferences – which are designed for members of professional associations or similar organizations, and which can carry continuing education credit for members of such associations.  


2015 Q.E.D.: Natural Science Symposia Series



Stephen C. Taylor, Ph.D., Director
The Ethics Resource Site
Delaware State University
1200 N. duPont  Highway
Dover, Delaware 19901
302.857.6635 (Telephone)
302.857.7679 (Facsimile)


Useful Links

Delaware EPSCoR
Science, Ethics, and Public Policy at the University of Delaware
Ethics Resource Archive of Public Events
Center for Integrated Biological and Environmental Research (CIBER)
Delaware Environmental Institute

Support is provided by Delaware EPSCoR through the Delaware Biotechnology Institute with funds from the National Science Foundation (Grant EPS-0814251) and the State of Delaware.

Delaware Biotechnology Institute

Delaware State University

Innovative Technologies Breakfast

"Sharing Innovative Research since 2006"   On behalf of Delaware State University, it is indeed a pleasure for us to welcome you to the Innovative Technologies Breakfast (ITB)website and extend an invitation for you to attend the bi-monthly meetings. The purpose of the Innovative Technologies Breakfast  is to provide a network forum for Delaware's technology community, driving innovation, collaboration, and economic development in central and southern Delaware - in particular - and the state of Delaware in general. Additionally, it is our pleasure to highlight the University’s research activities and programs as well as those of our partners ranging from applied optics, energy, neuroscience, to homeland security research. ITB meetings are held bi-monthly on the second Thursday of the months of February, April, June, August, October, and December. The networking sessions begin at 7:30 a.m. with formal presentations from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.; therefore, yielding a total time commitment of ninety minutes. On behalf of Delaware State University, it is our pleasure to extend to you a warm invitation to attend and participate in the various ITB activities that are planned throughout the year. You may register for the next ITB at ITB Online. Sponsors The Innovative Technologies Breakfast is sponsored by Delaware State University, and is co-sponsored by the Central Delaware Economic Development Council (CDEDC) and the Delaware Economic Development Office.(DEDO).

Office of Sponsored Programs

Overview Sponsored programs are those projects and/or activities which are originated and conducted by members of the faculty or, in some instances, by staff members. Such programs are supported wholly or in part by external restricted funds awarded to the university. The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) is a support structure and seeks to assist faculty members in a variety of ways — identifying funding sources; assisting with the development of proposals, including the development of a budget; proposal processing, which includes pre-and post-award administration of grants or contract; and review. In addition, the OSP is an advocate for a campus environment that is conducive to the research enterprise, and advises the administration on matters of regulatory compliance, internal sponsorship of scholarly activities and other related issues. The OSP is the primary mechanism for providing direct assistance to faculty and staff in identifying appropriate sources for external funds of sponsored projects and programs. Sponsored projects usually include a line item budget which states monetary needs of the project. This budget may or may not include indirect costs. Mission The mission of the Office of Sponsored Programs is to serve as an advocate for a campus environment conducive to the research enterprise and advise the administration on matters of regulatory compliance, internal sponsorship of scholarly activities and other related issues. The office also seeks to assist faculty members in identifying funding sources, assisting with development and review of proposals, and assuring compliance. Funding Opportunities Faculty Proposal Submission Response Form This form is to alert Sponsored Programs that you will be submitting a proposal for a particular grant announcement and to eliminate duplicate proposal submissions from DSU faculty. After you submit this form, you will be returned to the forms page where you should next print out and complete the Internal Processing Form.    

Goals and Objectives

• To provide technical assistance for faculty on pre-and post-award activities for grants and contracts.

• To identify new and innovative methods of obtaining support for the University.

• To obtain supporting documents from the University for certifications needed for inclusion in proposals and contracts.  

• To provide relevant sponsored program workshops and seminars.

• To serve as a liaison between the University and various agencies.

• To obtain institutional clearance for proposals.

• To provide databases and other resource materials for faculty and staff.

• To provide a resource room with various publications and computer equipment for faculty.

• To match interests and expertise of faculty with funding opportunities.

• To assist faculty with technology transfer issues.

• To aid in improving the institution's administration of post award activities.


Staff Profile

Ms. Renee S. Jones
Interim Director
Mr. Harold Hazzard
Interim Associate Director
Contract/IT Specialist
Ms. Amber L. Cooper
Grants Accounting Administrator
Ms. Lynette K. Lee
Senior Secretary
Building 502
Office Fax: 302.857.6804

Delaware IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE)

 Delaware IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) The purpose of the Delaware IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) is to continue building a self-sustaining basic and translational biomedical research capability in Delaware. Supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health—National Institute of General Medical Sciences Institutional Development Award [NIH-NIGMS: P20GM103446] and the state of Delaware, the Delaware INBRE program has four specific goals and serves to build the academic and research pipelines in Delaware by creating student and researcher opportunities involving a diverse cohort of students and researchers in biomedical exploration. Delaware State University (DSU) is proud to be a part of a collaborative effort with University of Delaware, Delaware Technical Community College, Wesley College, Christiana Care Health System, and Nemours/A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children. Under this program, DSU is pursuing diverse educational and research activities aimed at particularly increasing diversity in the Biomedical workforce. It is home to several pilot projects led by DSU researchers and with the participation of talented DSU students. Moreover, DSU is an active member in the Delaware INBRE Summer Scholar Program.   INBRE Core Activities:   · Administration and Evaluation · Centralized Research Instrumentation · Bioinformatics · Education & Professional Development · Developmental Research Project Program   Program Goals:   · Foster a statewide network for biomedical research · Develop independent and inter-dependent researchers and institutions · Cultivate Delaware INBRE initiatives · Enhance Delaware’s knowledge of biomedical science and technology Tweets by @DelStateINBRE !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src=p+"://";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");


Student Research Scholars




Project Staff

DSU Principal Investigator 
DSU Project Coordinator
Participating Faculty Researchers:

Dr. Qi Lu

Dr. Michael Gitcho

Dr. David Pokrajac

Dr. Thomas Planchon

Dr. Tomasz Smolinski (Bioinformatics)

Dr. Wafa Amir (Imaging Facility)


For more information, please contact:

Mr. Courie Foster
DSU INBRE Project Coordinator
Phone: 302.857.6668