4. Meeting IACUC approval requirements for sponsored projects
4.1 Certification of IACUC approval
Most federal and private funding agencies will not award a grant for a
project involving animals until an IACUC has certified its approval. Federal
agencies, for example, require certification of approval on the grant
application's face page.
4.2 Completing the Application for External Research,
Training, or Public Service Support
In filling out the University's and the agency's forms, the investigator
- indicate only the most recent date of approval. This is the date
of the IACUC meeting at which approval was given, not the date on
the letter communicating the IACUC's approval. The approval date can
be found in the body of the IACUC's approval letter.
- give A3456 as the "assurance number." This number, which is assigned
to the University of Minnesota by the National Institutes of Health's
Office for Lab Animal Welfare, must appear on the grant. It tells
the funding agency that the University is complying with all regulations
on the care and use of animals.
If the funding source requires additional documents or special assurances,
signatures can be obtained through the Research Subjects' Protection Programs.
4.3 Grace periods
Some agencies give researchers a grace period of up to 60 days after they
have received a grant application and before certification of IACUC approval
is required. Others will review grant applications and consider a 'just-in-time"
model for funding consideration, where only projects which rank high enough
for funding require prior IACUC approval. During these grace periods,
researchers may indicate that IACUC approval of a project is pending.
Each agency and even each kind of grant within an agency might have its
own requirements, however. If a funding agency wishes to expedite the
review process, it can waive its own grace period and require full approval
with the application.
The Public Health Service does not accept "pending" status for applications
for non-competing (Type 5) continuation. The approval date should be within
the last year.
4.4 Program project grants
Program projects are large, multiproject studies designed to produce a
coherent body of research from many subprojects. Investigators requesting
IACUC review of a program project must submit one application for the
overall project and separate applications for each subproject. The overall
application should include the title of the overall program project, the
principal investigator's name and contact information, a list of the subprojects,
and the names and contact information for each subproject's investigators.
The subprojects' investigators must submit their components of the program
The principal investigator for the overall project bears responsibility
for ensuring that the investigators on the subprojects submit their
applications in time to allow for review and approval.
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