Office of Research

Frequently Asked Questions

Before you call us, we might be able to answer some of your questions here:

1. Who can be a principal investigator (PI)?
2. What do I do to get started?
3. How do I write an application involving research animals?
4. I can’t download the forms. What do I do now?
5. What do I do to add/delete personnel in my protocol?
6. How do I register for the online training?
7. How do I sign up for the occupational health and medical surveillance programs?
8. There’s a committee meeting next month. How do I get my protocol reviewed?
9. My grant is due next week, and I have to get approval. What do I do? I can’t wait for the next committee meeting.
10. My project has changed quite a bit. What do I do?
11. Can I wait until the annual review?
12. My project is finished. Do I need to tell anyone?
13. I want to go ahead and order the animals so I can get started once I have approval. How can I do this?
14. What about actual laboratory animal handling or techniques — who do I call for that?
15. What about where to house animals? And what support do you offer for taking care of them?
16. I am worried about how some animals in my class were treated. Where do I take this concern?
17. What if my research involves fish?
18. What if my research involves mammals?
19. What if my research involves birds?
20. What if my research involves reptiles and/or amphibians?
21. What if I am not doing my animal research here?
22. Does the PHS Policy apply to the production of custom antibodies or to the purchase of surgically modified animals?
23. What about pets on campus?
24. What do I do if I have read this document and still need help?

1. Who can be a principal investigator (PI)? Please download and read the PI Policy (pdf).

2. What do I do to get started? Please go to our Getting Started page.

3. How do I write an application involving research animals? First, download the needed forms from the compliance Web site. Forms are periodically updated, so please download to ensure you have the latest version. Next, check out the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare's (OLAW) new Web tutorial for investigators: How to Write an Application Involving Research Animals.

Although designed specifically for NIAID applicants, the information is relevant to any investigator submitting an application to the NIH for an activity involving animals.

4. I can’t download the forms. What do I do now? Contact our IACUC Office and we will help you. Send an e-mail to iacuc@clemson.edu or call (864) 656-4538.

5. What do I do to add/delete personnel in my protocol? Please use the amendment form customized for adding/deleting personnel. A Qualification of Personnel form is now attached to the new personnel amendment form.

6. How do I register for the online training? You can train online at www.citiprogram.org. For instructions on logging into the online training site, please visit the help page.

7. How do I sign up for the occupational health and medical surveillance programs? Please contact the Occupational Health Nurse, RN, Nursing and Wellness Center, at (864) 656-5529.

8. There’s a committee meeting next month. How do I get my protocol reviewed? First, check our Getting Started page. Second, find out the date the committee meets. This will tell you when we meet as well as the deadline for submissions. As long as you complete the forms correctly and submit your materials by the deadline, you should be able to have your protocol reviewed. If you have additional questions, please e-mail the IACUC Office at (864) 656-4538.

9. My grant is due next week, and I have to get approval. What do I do? I can’t wait for the next committee meeting. Please call the IACUC Office at (864) 656-4538 for assistance.

10. My project has changed quite a bit. What do I do? You should contact the IACUC Office as soon as possible. The IACUC chairperson will determine whether an amendment or a new protocol is necessary.

11. Can I wait until the annual review? No, as that would be out of compliance with federal regulations. Please contact the IACUC Office at (864) 656-4538 for further assistance.

12. My project is finished. Do I need to tell anyone? Yes, please contact the IACUC Office at (864) 656-4538 as soon as possible.

13. I want to go ahead and order the animals so I can get started once I have approval. How can I do this? You can’t! Animal facility managers are not allowed to purchase, transfer or accept animals for projects until receipt of documented IACUC approval of the protocol.

14. What about actual laboratory animal handling or techniques — who do I call for that? Please contact Melody Willey via e-mail or by phone at (864) 656-0908.

15. What about where to house animals? And what support do you offer for taking care of them? For more information regarding animal purchasing, housing, research support facilities and services, visit the Office of Research Services.

16. I am worried about how some animals in my class were treated. Where do I take this concern? Please e-mail the IACUC Office at (864) 656-4538. Your concerns will be taken to the appropriate person.

17. What if my research involves fish? Please refer to “Guidelines for the Use of Fishes in Research” made available by the American Fisheries Society.

18. What if my research involves mammals? Please refer to “Guidelines for the Capture, Handling, & Care of Mammals” (pdf) as approved by The American Society of Mammalogists.

19. What if my research involves birds? Please refer to “Guidelines to the Use of Wild Birds In Research” (pdf) made available by the Ornithological Council.

20. What if my research involves reptiles and/or amphibians? Please refer to “Guidelines for Use of Live Amphibians and Reptiles in Field and Laboratory Research, 2nd edition” (pdf).

21. What if I am not doing my animal research here? In instances where Clemson University administers the grant but the animal studies are conducted at another institution, the Public Health Service requires that a Memorandum of Understanding be executed between the institutions. The Memorandum of Understanding documents the review and approval of the representing IACUC at the study site.

22. Does the PHS Policy apply to the production of custom antibodies or to the purchase of surgically modified animals? The generation of custom antibodies is considered an activity involving vertebrate animals and covered by PHS Policy. Antibodies are considered customized if produced using antigen(s) provided by or at the request of the investigator (i.e., not purchased off-the-shelf). An organization producing custom antibodies for a grantee must have or obtain an assurance, or be included as a component of the grantee’s assurance. In addition, the applicant must provide the date (verification) of project-specific IACUC approval for the production of the antibodies.

23. What about pets on campus? IACUC oversight does not extend to pets unless they are being used in research or teaching activities on campus. Contact the Environmental Health and Safety Office at (864) 656-2583 for more information.

24. What do I do if I have read this document and still need help? For additional questions, concerns or suggestions, please contact the IACUC Office at (864) 656-4538.