Procedures for Grants & Other Committee Submissions
External Grants & Contracts
Institutional Review Board Approval
Before doing any research study that involves human subjects, investigators must first
determine if Institutional Review Board ( IRB) approval is needed. Investigators must
also determine which IRBs need to review their protocols. There are TTUHSC IRBs in
Amarillo, Lubbock, and El Paso, and many external entities also have IRBs. If in doubt
regarding the need for IRB approval or the specific TTUHSC IRB's requirements, researchers
should contact each TTUHSC IRB office directly.
Special note to Dallas researchers:
The TTUHSC Amarillo IRB serves as the IRB of record for all TTUHSC Dallas researchers. All studies must receive
approval from the Amarillo IRB, even if approval has already been obtained from another
entity’s IRB. (For example, the Dallas VA has a separate IRB, from which many TTUHSC
researchers must secure study approval, but this approval does not stand alone; BOTH
the Dallas VA and the Amarillo IRB must approve all studies prior to beginning them.)
IRB and iRIS Assistance
The SOP Department of Pharmacy Practice is available to assist applicants with the
IRB submission process, from preparing the initial study materials to submitting the
review through the iRIS system. (All TTUHSC IRBs now require submission through the iRIS system online.)
Please contact the Deaprtment Coordinator for assistance and refer to the following checklist/guide manual for additional help
with IRB/iRIS submissions: IRB Checklist/Guide Manual . For guidance in determining whether or not projects are research (requiring IRB review/approval) and if informed consent can be waived, the Office
for Human Research Protections has created decision charts. These charts take investigators
step by step through the decision-making process and may be found at: http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/humansubjects/guidance/decisioncharts.htm.
Education Requirements (CITI, HIPAA)
Those investigators and personnel involved in approved human subjects research will
have to become trained and certified in such research. The required CITI and HIPAA
training may be completed online. While formerly separate courses, CITI and HIPAA
have now been combined into one course. To begin the training course, please go to:
Please note: Even if investigators have previously completed other, similar training progams
at other institutions, the TTUHSC-approved course must still be completed in order
to remain in compliance.
Institutional Animal Care and Usage Committee (IACUC, or ACUC)
Prior to starting any animal research, researchers must submit a completed animal
use protocol to the IACUC for review and approval. The protocol must be submitted
on the current version of the protocol application form and completed in its entirety.
For additional information about the IACUC and to access the forms, please visit:
Additional Committees and Information Regarding Research Experimentation
Institutional Biohazards Committee (IBC)
Prior to beginning any research involving hazardous materials and animals, researchers
must first submit a registration application to use such materials to the IBC for
review. IBC approval must be obtained prior to sending the protocol to external granting
agencies. For additional information about the IBC and to access the forms, please
Recombinant DNA Biosafety Committee (RDBC)
Studies involving recombinant DNA must receive approval from the RDBC prior to initiation.
For additional information about the RDBC and to access the forms, please visit: http://www.ttuhsc.edu/sponsoredPrograms/rdbc/.
Radiation Safety Services at TTUHSC is tasked with protecting individuals from unnecessary
exposure to sources of radiation, preventing the spread of contamination, and assisting
in the fulfillment of the responsibilities of the institution to its students, staff,
and the general public, and to the associated regulatory agencies. The Office provides
necessary laboratory training and approves the purchase of radioactive materials.
For forms and additional information, please visit: http://www.ttuhsc.edu/admin/safety/rad.aspx
Material Transfer Agreements
Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs) are required whenever a TTUHSC employee sends
out or receives proprietary materials, i.e., biologicals. The MTA protects the employee
and TTUHSC against improper use of materials and protects materials as confidential.
For additional information, please contact the appropriate staff person in the Office of Sponsored Programs.
Material Transfer Agreement Form
Education/Training Requirements for Laboratory Work
For information regarding training necessary to working in research laboratories,
please visit: http://www.ttuhsc.edu/Admin/safety/lab.aspx. For a more complete listing of all TTUHSC employee required training programs, visit: