Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC)

What is DURC?

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 technologies 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 to raise awareness and understanding about the issue of dual use life sciences research.

Watch the video “Dual Use Research: A Dialogue”

DURC Oversight/Policy

The United States Government’s (USG) oversight of DURC is aimed at preserving the benefits of life sciences research while minimizing the risk of misuse of the knowledge, information, products, or technologies provided by such research. There are two USG policies that address the oversight of life sciences DURC:


Although few research activities at CSU would qualify as DURC under the definition in the Policy, CSU must comply with the USG Policy for Institutional Oversight of DURC where applicable. The Research Integrity & Compliance Review Office (RICRO) and the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), with assistance from the Office of Vice President for Research, have developed the CSU’s DURC policy. The effective date of the policy is September 24, 2015.

All research with DURC potential at CSU will be reviewed as outlined in the SOP for IRE Review and Risk Mitigation Process. Several tools (below) have been developed to assist investigator in assessing their work for DURC potential.


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CSU Policy: Dual Use Research of Concern


Questions about DURC can be directed to the IBC Coordinator.

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