The University's Human Research Protection Office (HRPO) is responsible for reviewing and approving all research involving human subjects. Check with them if you are unsure whether a review is needed and for guidance with the process of submitting your proposal for review.
The role of the University's Human Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee is to ensure that all University stem cell research complies with relevant research policies, federal and state regulations, and guidelines from the National Academies and the NIH.
Research involving human subjects, animal studies, and certain types of biological materials and chemical substances requires special attention to ethical and safety considerations. Proposals must meet requirements set by the University, funding agencies, and government regulations. Check with the University's Office of Research and the appropriate review committees early to understand all the requirements and receive guidance in meeting them.
In addition, your proposal may need to address the funding agency's requirements for sharing the results of your research, for example, through providing open access to your published papers and a plan for managing the data acquired.
Research involving animals must meet guidelines for ethical considerations, appropriate care and use of the animals, and required training of the researchers. The University's IACUC reviews proposals involving animal research.
The University's Insitutional Biosafety Committee reviews all research proposals involving recombinant DNA (or RNA) and monitors compliance with NIH guidelines.
The University has developed guidelines and procedures to assist researchers in complying with the Controlled Substances Act and other government regulations relating to hazardous materials.
Be aware of the University's and the funding agencies' expectations for conducting and reporting research ethically.