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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, IBC, and IACUC do not meet in JULY or DECEMBER

Research Laboratory Safety Resources

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!

Educational Opportunity Request Form


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 2525, 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

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.

Please consult the provided research, scholarship and creative activities continuity plan template and example plan.

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.