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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.
Reminder: The IRB does not meet in JULY or DECEMBER
Have Research Support Services come to you!
- Do you want to know about the proper process to submit protocols?
- Do you need to learn about the policies and procedures regulating animal use research?
- Would you like to distinguish which types of human subjects research needs IRB approval?
- Do you want to further grasp the compliance rules for completing your research on campus?
- Do you need to understand how export controls may affect your research?
- Are you curious about how to get approval to use certain biohazardous materials in your research?
Please fill out the form below if you would like staff in our office to visit your class, group, lab or organization to educate you all about the various topics of compliance in completing ethical research. We can appear either virtually or in-person!
The SDSU HRPP Office has created a new IRB-approved Consent Translation Policy, effective January 2024, for use in human participant research protocols.
- Ensures informed consent can be understood by research participants
- Requires translated documents reflect language of study population
- Provides options for translation services
- Defines translation terminology
The SDSU IACUC has approved revised guidelines and standard operation procedures concerning Record Keeping for Animal Research: Experimental Procedures, Substance Administration, and Rodent Oral Gavage.
Contact [email protected] if you have any questions or for more information.
WH OSTP Issues Guidance to Make Federally Funded Research Freely Available Without Delay
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) updated U.S. policy guidance to make the results of taxpayer-supported research immediately available to the American public at no cost. All agencies will fully implement updated policies, including ending the optional 12-month embargo, no later than December 31, 2025. Check out this FAQ if you have any questions.
SDSU's Distribution of Royalty Guidelines for IP have been updated
All royalties received by the Technology Transfer Office on or after August 17, 2022 will be distributed according to the updated guidelines. Please contact Tommy Martindale, Director of Technology Transfer, with any questions you may have regarding the revisions to the guidelines and the implementation of these changes.
NIH has issued the Data Management and Sharing (DMS) policy (effective January 25, 2023) to promote the sharing of scientific data
Under the DMS policy, NIH expects that investigators and institutions:
- Plan and budget for the managing and sharing of data
- Submit a DMS plan for review when applying for funding
- Comply with the approved DMS plan
NIH has also released supplemental information regarding protecting privacy relating to human subjects research data, as well as responsible management for sharing and using of data of American Indian participant data. Check out Research Data Sharing for more helpful links.
Protecting the Integrity of Government Science report released
This White House Office of Science and Technology Policy report assesses scientific integrity policies of Federal departments and agencies and instances in which they have not been followed or enforced, and it identifies effective practices for strengthening scientific integrity in specific areas.
SDSU IRB is a participating institution in the SMART IRB Reliance Agreement!
Click here for more information regarding this process.
Am I Doing Human Subjects Research?
The NIH has released a podcast in their All About Grants series titled "Am I Doing Human Subjects Research?" You have a promising research idea that may involve human participants to carry out the study. Do you know what to do next? Join us for the next NIH’s podcast conversation about how you know you are doing human subjects’ research.
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.
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: [email protected]. 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.
In the event of a natural disaster, unplanned emergency or other interruption to typical university operations, we encourage all research teams to maintain an updated continuity plan for their research activities.
This plan should identify critical activities requiring action and/or oversight and proposed alternative means of accomplishing the activities (e.g. animal care, chemical storage, lab safety, student supervision, etc.) should there be an interruption to typical university operations or the absence of key personnel.
Sharing this with your college administration and the Associate Vice President for Research Operations will facilitate assistance in the event of an emergency or other disruption to research activity.