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August 2015
Deadlines, Just in Time and No Time - What's a Researcher to do?
At a time when research funding is increasingly scarce and universities and administrators want nothing more than faculty to receive more of it, everyone's efforts are being stretched thin.

Still, grant proposal deadlines are a priority and faculty members' efforts to focus on their science are complicated with all the required documentation requested by the funding agency. Once a grant application is submitted, researchers wait for feedback from the agency. In order to expedite the award process, it's best to submit your IRB or IACUC protocols at the time you receive a favorable ranking or score on your proposal. If you wait until you receive a notice of award, the funds are then contingent on you receiving all your compliance approvals.

There has been a recent increase in agency requests for FAU IRB approval prior to release of funds. The result has been last minute IRB submissions with very tight review times. This puts IRB faculty members in the difficult position of conducting a substantive review in a very short period of time while prioritizing studies over those already in the queue for review. In addition, IRB committee members are balancing their volunteer committee work with ... read more.
We Want to Hear From You
Research Integrity is considering conducting a series of training workshops for faculty during the 2015 - 2016 academic year. Click here to let us know which of the following workshops you want to attend.
  • Financial conflicts of interest: What's it all about? What do I need to do?
  • Consent writing workshop (How to pack in all that detail and still write it in plain language)
  • Submitting an IRB protocol seamlessly.
  • What do the animal care and use program changes mean to me as we prepare for AAALAC accreditation?
  • Understanding the "exempt" categories of IRB Review
  • Other
Please feel free to email us what you want to hear about at
IRB Approval Documents Contain Important Information
Attention all researchers! After you receive an email stating your project or continuing review has been approved, please login to IRBNET and review "board documents." Approval letters include important considerations such as your approved number of subjects and any conditions that may need to be met before beginning your project. It is important for investigators to understand the limitations of a study approval.

Here's how to review your IRB approval information:
  • Click on your project and scroll about midway down the page to "board documents," clicking on any of the information emboldened in blue. These are your IRB approval documents.
  • Review the information carefully, particularly consent forms or fliers - which may have been edited - and now carry the FAU IRB stamp of approval for use with human subjects.
  • If you haven't reviewed your IRB information recently and wish to do so, click on "my projects" on the far left side of the screen.
  • Click on the "project overview" button.
  • Click on "designer." You should now be able to view all of your submitted information.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the Research Integrity Office.
Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Online CITI Training Made Simple
This is a reminder that the Responsible Conduct of Research Course is now one basic course and no longer discipline-specific. This change was made to update, strengthen and simplify RCR content delivery. 
  • RCR is a federally mandated curriculum on topics such as authorship, mentoring, plagiarism and data management related to maintaining the highest standard of ethical research. 
  • It is not a substitute for IRB (human subjects) or IACUC (animals in research) training. 
  • It is REQUIRED for undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral students paid from federal grants.
  • It is RECOMMENDED, but not required, for graduate and undergraduate students involved in research.
Do Specimens From Blood Banks or Cryogenics Banks Need IRB Review? 
Generally speaking, if a researcher is obtaining specimens of blood or sperm from a blood bank or cryogenics bank, these samples are not considered human subject research.

Research involving human specimens, cells, or data that would not be considered human subject research do not require IRB review. Click here for a few examples of activities that do require IRB review and do not require IRB review. For more guidance on research involving coded private information or biological specimens click here.
Link your CITI Completion Report 
Link your CITI training completion report PDF to your IRBNet profile so you won't have to worry about it until your next renewal. Linking your CITI training PDF to your profile means any IRB submission you submit of which you are on the research team, will automatically have your CITI Completion Report. That's one less file you'll need to attach to your project. 
  • Click here for a step-by-step guide on how to find your report.
  • Click here for a step-by-step guide on how to link your report.

Coming soon - Advice for Compliance Training (ACT)
Do you have a difficult time figuring out what CITI training module you need to take? You are not alone. Research Integrity understands and has been working with our computer gurus to develop Advice for Compliance Training or ACT. This new program guides users through a series of questions, culminating in customized advice on which training modules are needed. Stay tuned.

The Beacon Now Online
The archived editions of The Beacon can now be found online here. Please share with colleagues or use as references to our tips and hints!