Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC)

If you are in need of DURC training click here to fill out the DURC Training Request Form.

The University of Wisconsin–Madison is subject to the United States Government Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC). As a result the University of Wisconsin–Madison must review all potential dual use research to determine whether or not it meets the criteria outlined in this policy for DURC. Dual use research is research conducted for legitimate purposes that generates knowledge, information, technologies, and/or products that could be utilized for both benevolent and harmful purposes.

Currently this policy covers 15 agents*, but the University of Wisconsin–Madison will not limit its review to just these agents. If you work with one of these 15 agents* OR you feel your research could potentially be dual use research fill out this form.



Read the UW’s institutional policies for DURC.


  1. Avian influenza virus (highly pathogenic)
  2. Bacillus anthracis
  3. Botulinum neurotoxin (all amounts)
  4. Burkholderia mallei
  5. Burkholderia pseudomallei
  6. Ebola virus
  7. Foot-and-mouth disease virus
  8. Francisella tularensis
  9. Marburg virus
  10. Reconstructed 1918 Influenza virus
  11. Rinderpest virus
  12. Toxin-producing strains of Clostridium botulinum
  13. Variola major virus
  14. Variola minor virus
  15. Yersinia pestis


Christina Pier

Institutional Contact for Dual Use Research (ICDUR)
Phone: 608-890-4951