Tobacco industry funding

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:

  • 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.  
  • 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.

Contact: Michael Kusiak at Michael.Kusiak@ucop.edu or (510) 987-0659.