Research Compliance

We are committed to upholding the highest standards of ethics, integrity, and compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and policies. Below are items of reference for research compliance. The University’s main resource for research compliance is University Research Administration.

Institutional Approval

Proposals that are to be submitted by the University and awards that are to be disbursed by the University require institutional endorsement. Institutional endorsement is conducted through University Research Administration (URA). URA facilitates research administration activities through AURA, an electronic system that streamlines and automates research administration. The system helps reduce administrative burden on faculty and staff as well as the regulatory compliance risk for the University. Work with your SSD Grants Administrator to ensure compliance and to submit your proposals through the AURA grants system:

Ethics Certification

Funders such as the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health require applicants to complete ethics certification training. Complete the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) course offered through CITI and download the completion certificate here.

CITI COI Training

Students and post-docs applying for PHS funding (e.g., NIH, NCI, etc.) must have completed CITI Conflicts of Interest (COI) training at Training is valid for four years. Visit the SBS IRB site to learn more.

Protection of Human Subjects

Research activities conducted by University of Chicago faculty and students that involve the use of human volunteers or analysis of identifiable human subjects data must be reviewed and approved by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) if the research is designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge.

To submit your IRB application, visit the SBS IRB page.

Animals in Research

Using animals in research or teaching requires the prior approval of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). The IACUC works closely with the Animal Resources Center (ARC), which is responsible for the animal procurement, facilities, husbandry, and specialized veterinary services.

For more information, visit the IACUC website.