Research Subjects Protections

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research assists Towson University researchers in complying with federal regulations regarding human subjects, animal subjects, biological safety and international research.

Human Subjects Research

The University's Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a federally mandated committee of faculty, administrators, and community representatives that is charged to review and approve all research protocols involving human subjects.

The OSPR is the first point of contact for research conducted at Towson University or involving Towson University faculty, staff, or students.

Animal Subjects Research

The University's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) oversees compliance with all regulations and ethical principles governing the use of animals in research. Research cannot begin until IACUC approval has been issued. Please allow for up to 8 weeks for review of IACUC applications.

Institutional Biosafety

The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) was established to protect laboratory personnel, students, staff, faculty and the environment from biohazardous substances, as well as to ensure compliance with all applicable regulations.

Export Compliance

Export controls are U.S. laws that regulate the distribution to foreign nationals, foreign entities and foreign countries of strategically important technology, services, and information for reasons of foreign policy and national security.