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This tab collects information about the use of animals and biosafety considerations in the proposed research.

This tab can be completed by a Research Administrator or PI.

If there are animals involved or biosafety considerations, the protocol information is not mandatory until after the proposal is awarded by the sponsor. However, at the award stage, this information becomes mandatory and failure to provide it will prevent Penn State from accepting the award.

Submissions can be added manually via the "Add Study Manually" button or imported (based on the listed personnel on the IAF) via the "Import Study" button. Whether manually added or imported, expiration dates are not required to Start Workflow and not all submissions will have an expiration date. See IAF Data Entry - Add or Import Study for more information. 

  1. Does this research involve interaction or intervention with animal subjects? This includes the following: (1) work done under the auspices of Penn State, (2) any animal subjects research done at performance sites other than Penn State campuses and field sites, and/or (3) any work done by a subcontractor or commercial vendor (including custom antibody production).  If you are unsure, please contact the IACUC Program for assistance:

    Help Text: For more information on determining if the research proposed involves the use of vertebrate animals please review RP04, “Care and Use of Vertebrate Animals.”

    For animal work funded through Penn State, but involving procedures on live vertebrate animals being performed at another institution, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) must be executed with the performance site where the procedures involving animals will be conducted, prior to initiation of activities or release of funds to the subrecipient.

    If you need assistance understanding your responsibilities under RP04, determining what entails the use of vertebrate animals, or executing a Memorandum of Understanding, please use the following Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) resources:

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  2. Does this research involve the use of any Biohazardous Materials as defined in Penn State Policy RP11, Use of Regulated and Biohazardous Materials in Research and Instruction?: Required to submit IAF. Answering “Yes” to this question triggers a compliance review. (see “Add/Import Study”)

    Help Text: For more information on determining if the research proposed involves the use of regulated or Biohazardous materials please review RP11, “Use of Regulated and Biohazardous Materials in Research and Instruction” and the following Frequently Asked Questions. If you need additional assistance understanding your responsibilities under RP11 or what entails the use of regulated or biohazardous materials please contact the Institutional Biosafety Committee Administrative Staff at the Office for Research Protections (for University Park and all other campuses except the College of Medicine). 

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