Saint Louis University has multiple committees charged with ensuring the safety and integrity of research performed at the University. SLU’s research compliance committees help maintain effective compliance with University policy and regulatory requirements.
If you have questions about particular policies and guidelines, please contact the appropriate committee.
P.I. Research Project Toolkit
Navigating the intricacies of safety and compliance regulations as well as institutional policies and procedures can be time consuming. The "P.I. Research Project Toolkit" is intended to be a repository of tools to untangle those complexities, making it easier to achieve research project planning objectives as efficiently as possible and to get started with the research project.
This site will be updated with new tools and resources. Check regularly for updates.
Human Subjects Research (IRB)
Research involving human subjects requires review and approval by an Institutional Review Board (IRB). An IRB is an ethics committee composed of scientists and non-scientists who serve as advocates for human subjects in research. The IRB is charged with the responsibility of reviewing and overseeing human subjects research conducted at SLU.
At SLU, there are three IRBs, two that meet routinely, one ad hoc, that are responsible for reviewing all research involving human subjects for compliance with federally mandated research guidelines.
Non-Human Animal Studies (IACUC)
The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) oversees non-human animal research and ensures the health and safety of animal subjects as well as that of the humans who work with them.
Environmental Health and Safety (EHS)
Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) oversees policies and best practices for managing environmental, health and safety within the SLU community.
EHS ensures compliance with complex regulations and assures the health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and visitors. EHS provides resources on basic fire and life safety, general workplace safety, biological safety, chemicals safety, radiation safety, and hazardous materials removal and disposal.
Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOIR)
SLU has a Financial Conflict of Interest in Research (FCOIR) Policy to promote objectivity in research and comply with federal regulations. This policy applies to all investigators responsible for the design, conduct, or reporting of externally-sponsored research. The Conflict of Interest in Research Committee (COIRC) determines whether an investigator’s significant financial interest could directly and significantly affect the design, conduct, or reporting of the investigator’s research. If a FCOI exists, the COIRC will work in cooperation with the investigator to develop and implement an appropriate FCOIR management plan.
SLU is responsible for complying with the Department of Commerce and Department of State when research technologies or innovations are of interest to national security, foreign policy and economics. U.S. regulations around export controls can greatly impact research and the potential for collaborations. Visit the University’s General Counsel website to learn more.
You can also contact Michael Reeves, export controls officer, at email@example.com.