Public Access to Federally Funded Grant Proposals

TitlePublic Access to Federally Funded Grant Proposals
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication1995
AuthorsLadenson, R
Corporate Authorsof Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, IIT
Date Published03/1995
PublisherCenter for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, Illinois Institute of Technology
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsAnimal Research Subjects , Intellectual Property and Patents , MEDICINE , PSYCHOLOGY , SCIENCE , SOCIAL sciences
AbstractThe Washington State Supreme Court recently ruled that the State's law mandating "full access to information concerning the conduct of government at every level" requires State universities to make public upon request research grant proposals even if they have not been funded. This ruling was due to a suit brought by an animal rights group in an effort to force the University of Washington to release details of an unfunded research proposal designed to study self abusive behaviors in monkeys to find clues in connection with similar behavior in autistic children. The university claims that the release of these unfunded grant proposals could have serious ramifications for science. Does the ruling of the Washington State Supreme Court violate the moral rights of researchers in public universities in the State of Washington?
NotesCase from the 1995 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl
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