Research Integrity Services administers UNH’s program for the protection of human subjects in research and the Institutional Review Board (IRB); administers UNH’s program for the humane care and use of vertebrate animals, and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC); manages UNH’s responsible conduct of research and scholarly activity program; administers UNH’s financial conflict of interest in research program and the UNH Disclosure Review Committee (DRC); oversees UNH's compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) ; and provides consultation to UNH faculty regulatory groups.
A unit within Research Integrity Services, the Animal Resources Office is responsible for the overall implementation of UNH animal care and use programs. ARO staff provide:
- Assistance to UNH administration, project directors, faculty, staff, and students in every phase of animal activity;
- Facilities, technical support, consultation, and training for those using or caring for animals at UNH;
- Veterinary services for animals used or cared for; assistance with development of protocols for animal use; and
- Oversight of UNH animal facilities to ensure compliance with federal, state, and UNH standards, policies, and regulations.
Additionally, ARO staff provide for Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) compliance and management of controlled substances at the UNH.
Committees & Boards
Disclosure Review Committee
The mission of the Disclosure Review Committee (DRC) is to protect the integrity of the University of New Hampshire’s (UNH) externally-funded research enterprise, and UNH employees who engage in externally-funded research, by identifying and resolving financial conflicts of interest in research. The DRC conducts its duties in a manner intended to promote, not hinder, research relationships.
Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC)
The University of New Hampshire (UNH) Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is a standing committee responsible for ensuring the proper care, use, and humane treatment of vertebrate animals used in research, testing, and instruction at UNH.
Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research (IRB)
At UNH, the primary purpose of the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research (IRB) is to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects by ensuring that physical, psychological, legal, and/or social risks to subjects are minimized, and when present, justified by the importance of the research, and agreed to by subjects (informed consent).
Responsible Conduct of Research & Scholarly Activity Committee
The charge of the Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarly Activity (RCR) Committee is to:
- Guide the development and implementation of a UNH RCR program, including development of a Web-based program of instruction, complementary formal and informal educational offerings, and ongoing communication with UNH faculty, students, and staff about the initiative and related issues,
- Advise the Senior Vice Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School on related policy formulation, implementation, and training, and
- Advocate within the UNH community for the RCR program.