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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

COMPLIANCE COMMITTEES EXPLAINED

The Office for Research is committed to the highest standards of research integrity in all work conducted at Rensselaer. The Office provides support, services and training to assure compliance with ethical and regulatory mandates governing research, including safe and humane care of animals used in research, biosafety, the protection of human subjects, the use of human and animal stem cells, and conflicts of interest.

Many research activities, and certain teaching activities, at Rensselaer are subject to oversight by various state or federally-mandated committees. Specific proposed research and teaching activities for Rensselaer faculty, staff and students may require review and approval by one or more of these committees, regardless of the source of funding support. In many cases, written proof of appropriate approvals must be submitted to funding agencies prior to the disbursement of funds. These review processes may require several weeks or months to complete. If your proposed research or teaching involves any of the following areas, please contact the relevant committee(s) to determine if review and approval are required before the work is initiated:

  • If your research, on campus or off campus, involves protocols that use human subjects, please contact the Rensselaer Institutional Review Board (IRB) at IRB@rpi.edu or review the IRB Web page.
  • If your research, on campus or at another institution, involves the use of vertebrate animals, please contact the Rensselaer Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC) at IACUC@rpi.edu or review the IACUC Web page.
  • If your research, on campus or off campus, involves the purchase, acquisition, generation or use of human embryonic stem cells or gametes, please contact the Rensselaer Institutional Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee (ISCRO) at ISCRO@rpi.edu or review the ISCRO Web page.
  • If your research, on campus or at another institution, involves the use of any of the following agents, please contact the Rensselaer Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) at IBC@rpi.edu or review the IBC Web page:
    • Recombinant DNA
    • Recombinant RNA
    • Human cells
    • Bacteria
    • Viruses or viral vectors
    • Select Agents or other pathogenic organisms
    • Toxins