Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) is 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 United States Government’s 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.
DURC Policy and Resources
University of Pittsburgh Institutional Policy (PDF) - for Dual Use Research of Concern
NIH Office of Science Policy web site - to learn more about DURC regulations and other resource
If you have questions about dual use research or DURC, please contact the Institutional Biosafety Office.
- (412) 383-1768