Transparency in Sponsored Research Funding – New law effective September 1, 2015
The Texas Legislature passed House Bill 1295 (the new Section 51.954 of the Education Code), which becomes effective September 1, 2015. The new law addresses transparency in research funding.
It requires researchers communicating publicly about their research to "conspicuously disclose the identity of each sponsor of the research," if the research was funded under a research grant or contract that covered at least 50% of the cost of the research.
It applies to researchers at Texas Tech University who either publish their research results, testify about their results in a legislative, regulatory, or judicial proceeding, post their results on a website, or distribute their results in a public forum, such as a conference.