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Legal Requirement to disclose identity of research sponsors in public communications:

Texas House Bill 1295: Requirement to disclose the identity of research sponsors in any public communication

Texas House Bill 1295 – Chapter 51, of the Texas Education Code became effective September 1, 2015 that requires that employees of Texas institutions of higher education to “conspicuously disclose” the identity of research sponsors in any public communication of sponsored research results.  

Research Sponsors are individuals or entities (other than the institution conducting the research) who contract for or provide at least 50% of the funding (money or materials) for the conduct of specific research through a grant or a contract. This could apply to certain gifts that are restricted to the support of specific research to be conducted. 

Public Communication is defined as oral or written communication intended for public consumption or distribution, and includes printed matter in a magazine, journal, newspaper or report, or posting information on a website or elsewhere on the Internet.  

How this affects you:  Disclosure of sponsors in publications and professional presentations is a common academic practice and often an acknowledgement requirement for most sponsoring agencies and donors.  The name of the research sponsor or donor must be conspicuously disclosed in any written publications or oral communications involving the results of research that meet the above definitions.

The full text of H.B. 1295 amending the Texas Education Code may be found here:   http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/Text.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1295

The Texas Education Code, Chapter 51.954, may be found in its entirety here: http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/ED/htm/ED.51.htm