Regulatory: Research Oversight at UIC

The Research Track

Stops on the Track

    Research Navigation


    Before starting and during your research, there are training requirements that must be completed. Training


    Consider funding opportunities when thinking about your research idea. UIC has many opportunities to obtain funding for your project, as well as information on external funding options. Funding


    Some argue that the most important aspect of a research study is its design. Thinking through each step of the research process allows investigators to determine where additional resources may be needed, identify potential deficits in the study plan, and make changes to strengthen a proposal prior to its submission. Proposal Development


    Working through the Office for the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR), the Animal Care and Use Committee (ACC) helps you comply with federal regulations, state laws and University policies regarding the involvement of animals in research. Regulatory Research Requirements


    The Office of Business and Financial Services (OBFS) supports the business and financial operations of the University and assists units in their daily operations- including research studies. In research, OBFS is active in the Post-Award period. Common OBFS tasks include setting up anticipation and project accounts, and budgets in Banner. Award/Contract Processing & Acceptance


    UIC has specific personnel who receive, negotiate and accept industry sponsored research awards or contracts on behalf of you and the university.Industry Sponsored Research


    Award administration begins with your notification of the award and continues until the financial and technical closeout of your grant or contract is complete. Administering Research


    Assistance and guidance is available to help you operationalize and carry-out your research protocol. Conducting Research


    Numerous policies govern the management of data and records. The University offers a variety of resources to help you manage your data. Data & Records


    The University encourages your pursuit of scientific understanding and innovation. Services are available to encourage that innovation, help you prepare and publish your study and/or facilitate effective management, transfer, and commercialization of UIC technologies and your intellectual property. Results & Dissemination


    Research responsibilities do not end when results are published. You still have financial, final progress, and invention/patent reports as well as contractual responsibilities to complete. Award Closeout Procedures

    Research Oversight at UIC

The Office for the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR)  provides support to the research enterprise and the committees responsible for the review and oversight of research. The multiple units of the OVCR collaboratively assist faculty, staff and students in complying with the complex research regulatory requirements,  laws,  and University policies through education, review and quality improvement activities.   The collaborative mission of these units is to facilitate and foster the highest ethical standards in the conduct of research.

Office for the Protection of Research Subjects (OPRS)

OPRS provides administrative support for the review and approval of research protocols (experiments) involving humans (IRB) and human embryonic stem cells (hES). 

UIC Embryonic Stem Cell Review Committee (ESCRO)

This committee reviews research proposals involving the use of human embryonic stem cells (hES).

Conflict of Commitment & Interest (COI)

Because external activities can lead to conflicts of commitment or interest with regard to one's university responsibilities, the non-university activities must be measured and monitored.  The COI resources on the left navigation menu will help you to disclose and manage conflicts arising from your non-University activities.

Institutional Bio safety Committee (IBC)

IBC is responsible for reviewing and approving all research involving rDNA and/or infectious agents or toxins. 

Animal Care Committee (ACC)

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) at UIC is known as the Animal Care Committee (ACC) . The ACC is responsible for the review and approval of all research, testing and teaching using animals.

Controlled Substances

There are numerous regulations at both the state and federal level, that govern the purchase of, access to and use of controlled substances. At UIC the Office of Animal Care and Institutional Biosafety (OACIB), in conjunction with the Biologic Resources Laboratory and the UIC Ambulatory Care Pharmacy, is responsible for oversight of the program at UIC that regulates controlled substance use in animal research.

Research Integrity

In the event that allegations of research misconduct are reported, OVCR is responsible for implementing the established procedures for impartial fact finding that leads to the fair adjudication of the allegations.