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Research and Sponsored Program Compliance

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs seeks to deliver support services in an efficient and professional manner, which is in full compliance of the policies of the University of Scranton, applicable state and federal regulations, and sponsor guidelines. Highlights of the services provided by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs are as follows:

  • Research Development
  • Grant Budget and Contract Administration
  • University Awards and Reporting
  • University Post Award Compliance

The purpose of the compliance review committees is to review and approve all relevant proposals to ensure that they are in compliance with University, local, state, federal, and funding agency regulations for research. All investigators --faculty, professional and scientific staff, undergraduate and graduate students-- with either internal or external funding, must obtain approval from the appropriate research compliance review committee(s) before initiating any work on the project and before the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) will process the award.

Compliance Review Committees

Humans - Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The IRB reviews any research involving human participants, including proposals to gather data from participants for theses, dissertations, and other student projects.

Animals - Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

All activities involving the use of live vertebrate animals must be approved by the IACUC prior to the use of the animals in research or teaching activities. Research activities include field studies, the use of blood donor animals, and breeding colonies.

Biohazards - Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)

The IBC must approve any teaching or research project that involves: the use of recombinant DNA, including transgenic animals or plants; the use of human, animal, or plant pathogens (e.g., bacteria, viruses, prions, parasites); and the use of any human cells, tissues or body fluids.

Radiation - Radiation Safety Committee (RSC)

The RSC reviews any research project that involves the use of radioactive materials or radiation-producing devices.