Director of Research

Restricted Research Policy

Responsible Offices: Director of Research and Associate Director for Education
Date: February 29, 2000

The primary purpose of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is the acquisition, analysis, and dissemination of scientific information in oceanography.

It is recognized that in pursuit of this goal, data that are commercially proprietary or are classified for national security reasons may be utilized. On occasion, results of such research may not be immediately available for unrestricted dissemination. Projects involving such restricted information place a secrecy burden not only on the individual investigator but also on the Institution as a whole. In view of this burden and the aim of the Institution to disseminate information as widely as possible, the Institution will accept restricted research only with the prior approval of the Director of the Institution and Director of Research who will determine whether such research is consistent with the scientific mission and character of the Institution.  The same policy applies to research by students at the Institution.  No thesis that requires that a student have a clearance or that requires a security review upon completion may be embarked upon without the prior approval of the Director and the Associate Director for Education.  Joint Program students must also comply with MIT's policy on restricted research.

For background information relevant to this policy, please see the Report of the Senior Scientists' Ad Hoc Committee on Restricted Research at WHOI, dated April 1990 and updated October 1999 and July 2004.

» View Report of the Senior Scientists' Ad Hoc Committee on Restricted Research

Approved by:
Dr. Robert Gagosian, Director
February 29, 2000

Last updated: January 25, 2010