Frequently Asked Questions
HUMAN SUBJECTS RESEARCH/IRB
Amendments: Approximately 2 weeks
Expedited Protocols: Approximately 2-3 weeks
Full Board Protocols: Must be submitted at least 2 weeks prior to the meeting. Click here to access the IRB submission and meeting date schedule.
Federalwide Assurance Number is FWA00001602
Expiration date: 11/20/2011. This applies to all human subjects activities, regardless of the funding source.
IRB Registration Number
IRB00000286 - U of South Alabama Coll of Med
- Prevent Terrorism
- Curtail export of technologies that assist the military potential of adversaries
- Compliance with Trade Agreements
- Prevent development of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons
- A foreign company whether the activity is conducted in the US or abroad?
- A foreign national
- A contract with a restriction on the participation of foreign nationals or other restrictions?
- A contract with a publication restriction or an associated NDA or proprietary rights agreement?
- Taking equipment overseas?
- Foreign nationals (faculty, postdocs, students, visiting scholars, collaborators, etc) using equipment on USA campus?
There are several exclusions, but two are particularly relevant to academic research: the fundamental research exclusion and the public domain exclusion. These exclusions can become void, if researchers make side agreements that contain publication restrictions or restriction on who may participate in the research. Specifically,
- Public Domain
- publication in periodicals, books, print, electronic, or other media available for general distribution (including websites that provide free uncontrolled access) or to a community of persons interested in the subject matter, such as those in a scientific or engineering discipline;
- readily available at libraries open to the public or at university libraries;
- patents and published patent applications available at any patent office; and
- release at an open conference, meeting, seminar, trade show, or other open gathering held in the U.S. (ITAR) or anywhere (EAR).
- exclusion for "educational information" released by instruction in catalog courses and associated teaching laboratories. So, in general, no need for a license to share information as part of a regular course being taught at USA.
- Fundamental Research Exclusion (FRE)
- Fundamental research is defined as basic and applied research in science and engineering conducted at an accredited U.S. institution of higher education where the resulting information is ordinarily published and shared broadly within the scientific community.
- IF IT MEETS THIS CRITERIA, THEN EXPORT CONTROLS DON'T APPLY
University research will not be deemed to qualify as fundamental research if:
- The university accepts any restrictions on the publication of the information resulting from the research
- Research is federally funded and specific access and dissemination controls regarding the resulting information have been accepted by the university or the researcher.
- Discussing non-public domain technology with foreign companies and foreign nationals without have an export review done.
- Taking controlled technology oversees without having an export review done
- Taking foreign nationals on lab tours without first discussing with the Office of Research Compliance and Assurance
ANIMAL CARE AND USE
Please refer to "Guidelines for the Use of Fishes in Research" made available by the American Fisheries Society.
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".
AAALAC Accreditation Letter
For use when funding agencies request a copy of the most recent USA AAALAC accreditation letter. You can view/download accreditation letter by clicking here.
Animal Welfare Assurance Number is A3288-01
Most recent renewal date: 10/23/08. Expiration date: 12/31/12. This applies to all animal activities, regardless of the funding source.
CONFLICTS OF INTEREST AND CONFLICTS OF COMMITMENT
A conflict of commitment exists when professional service or research contracted outside the University interferes with the employee's paramount obligations to students, colleagues, and the primary missions of the University.
Example: An investigator may have a financial conflict of interest if he or she is a consultant to the company sponsoring research in his or her laboratory.
Example: A faculty member owns significant equity in a company whose product he or she wants to test.
- Employees receiving royalties from the publication of books or for the licensure of patented inventions subject to the Patent and Copyright Policies of the University.
- Employees owning or having equity interest in a company, the exclusive function of which is to accommodate the Employee's external research or consulting activities.
- Employees receiving nominal compensation, in the form of honoraria or expense reimbursement, in connection with service to professional associations, service on review panels, presentations of scholarly work, and participation in accreditation reviews
- Whistleblower Phone Line/Voice Mail: (251) 460-6393
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Downloadable form: Whistleblower Hotline Submittal Form
- Mail: Internal Audit, 307 University Blvd, Rm. 180 AD Mobile, AL 36688
- Fax: (251) 461-1497
The Chief Audit Officer will receive and review reports and then determine the appropriate action to be taken.
RESPONSIBLE CONDUCT OF RESEARCH
The Office of Research Compliance and Assurance (ORCA) will have to access to data available from the approved RCR training options and NSF funded research personnel. ORCA will review the data on a quarterly basis for compliance and notify PIs of non-compliance. ORCA will make this data available upon request from NSF or individual faculty member.