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Research Support Services is the central university office with oversight of research management, regulatory compliance, research assurances and research promotion. The office is responsible for institutional approval of all grant proposals and contracts relating to sponsored research, instruction and service agreements, as the university's Authorized Organizational Representative.

RSS provides regular and meaningful consultation with faculty, students and staff on compliance and the preparation of protocols submitted to compliance committees.  RSS also advises faculty, staff and students on adherence to university policies and federal, state and local regulations as they pertain to the conduct of research.

RSS manages research authorization processes such as the Institutional Review Board (IRB), Institutional Animal Care and Use (IACUC), Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), University Patents and Copyright Committee (UCPC), Conflicts of Interest, Export Controls and aerial drone-based research.

This website provides access to the research related services and guidance needed to fully support the SDSU research community in the advancement of knowledge and education.

Research Support Services Committees and Deadlines


Institutional Review Board Meeting


The IRB meets to review research proposals which involve human research participants in order to ensure that the rights and welfare of the research participants are protected, and that the proposed research meets federal regulations and conforms to applicable state laws and local policies.

University Copyright and Patent Committee


The UCPC determines the extent of institutional support involved in the completion of intellectual property (with recommendations to the Vice President of Research on the assignment of ownership rights and division of royalties).

IRB Submission Deadline


Only complete research proposal submissions that require no more than minimal editorial changes and that are received by 11:59 p.m. on the deadline date, will be placed on an agenda.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee


The responsibility of the IACUC is to oversee and routinely evaluate the Animal Care and Use Program. Its oversight functions include review and approval of proposed animal use (protocol review) and of proposed significant changes to animal use; regular inspection of facilities and animal use areas; regular review of the Program; ongoing assessment of animal care and use; and establishment of a mechanism for receipt and review of concerns involving the care and use of animals at the institution.

*All submissions for the September IACUC must be submitted by today as well*


Institutional Biosafety Committee


The IBC is responsible for reviewing projects that involve, but are not limited to, recombinant DNA, RNAi, pathogens, human materials and other potentially infectious material, as well as transgenic animals. The IBC provides recommendations to the intramural community in matters pertaining to the control of biohazards associated with the use of microbiological agents and their vectors. It also represents the interests of the surrounding community with respect to public health and protection of the environment.

*Deadline as well for all submissions for September's meeting*

Research Support Services Updates

  • HRPP Walk-in Office Hours are now Wednesdays from 10am-noon located on the 3rd floor of the Gateway Center


Research Support Services reviews, and if warranted, investigates concerns involving research with human subjects, care and use of animals, biological agents, and other research materials. These reports of potential non-compliance can be made by research and facility personnel or by public complainants.Research misconduct process

This incident report is for research-related activity only. It is not to be used for complaints of sexual harassment or misconduct, personnel issues, work place violence, criminal activity etc. 

Research Support Services encourages the prompt reporting (within 24 hours) of concerns and incident reports. Allegations should be detailed, specific, and be accompanied by supporting documentation when possible. All concerns will be reviewed regardless of how they are received. Reports may be communicated anonymously by completion of the incident report on this page, by email, telephone, or in person. 

Report by Telephone: 619-594-5938, The identity of the person(s) submitting the report will be kept strictly confidential.

Report Filed in Person: Contact the Assistant Vice President of Research Support Services, Gateway Center Room 3519B, email: . The identity of the person(s) submitting the report will be kept strictly confidential.

Report Online: Click here to submit an Anonymous Incident Report.

Non Retaliation: San Diego State University prohibits any retaliatory action against individuals who, in good faith, makes a call or written report regarding compliance, or cooperates with an investigation or corrective action.Scientific Integrity Table

SDSU Policy on Integrity in Research and Scholarship