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When (and When Not) to Acknowledge your National Institutes of Health (NIH) Grant Number in a Paper

NIH guidance states that, “Recipients should only acknowledge NIH awards on publications and other statements when the activities that contributed to that publication directly arise from the award and are within the scope of the award being acknowledged."

NIH requires pre-approval to change the scope of your grant.  If you are involved in a study that is not in the scope of your grant, then your grant funds should not pay for the conduct of the study (until you secure NIH approval), and you should not cite your grant on papers resulting from out-of-scope work.

For example, if your grant is funded to exclusively conduct studies on animals (but not human subjects), then studies involving human subjects are out of scope.

For more information on when to cite your grant number in an article, see this NIH webpage.

Changes in the IRB Protocol Form Related to the New Institutional Conflict of Interest (ICOI) Policy

The University's recently approved Institutional Conflict of Interest Policy (RI 11) has required changes in questions in the Institutional Review Board (IRB) protocol submission system, PittPRO.

The conflict of interest (COI) page of the PittPRO application no longer asks about the PI or study team members’ financial interests, since other sections of the PittPRO form already collect this information. As a replacement, the following question was added: "To the best of the PI’s knowledge, has the University optioned or licensed technology that will be tested or evaluated in the research?"

The new question must be answered during submissions of new protocols to the IRB, as well as modifications of existing protocols.

If you have any questions regarding these revisions or COI or ICOI review requirements, contact the Conflict of Interest Division at MyDisclosure_Support@pitt.edu.

Need Help? Video Training is Available

ORP's constantly expanding video training library provides help on a variety of topics related to animal and human subjects research, conflict of interest disclosures, export control, biosafety, and other areas.

If a training video on another topic would be helpful, please let us know.

ORP will be Closed During Upcoming Recesses — Please Submit Protocols Early

All ORP divisions, including the Human Research Protection, Animal Research Protection, and Institutional Biosafety divisions, will be closed during upcoming University recesses:

  • Thanksgiving break:  Nov. 24 — Nov. 27, 2022
  • Winter break: Dec. 23, 2022 — Jan. 2, 2023

Since protocol submissions will not be processed during these recesses, please plan ahead and submit protocols early.

Note that federal regulations require the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) to reconsider animal research protocols de novo every three years.

If your IACUC protocol will expire in December or January, please submit the three-year renewal early to ensure it will be processed in time to avoid a suspension of your animal study.

Leaving the University? Please Plan Ahead!

Closing an investigator's lab can require many steps, but we are here to help. The Checklist for Investigators Leaving the University provides guidance on every step that is required.

If you are leaving the University, please plan ahead and start the process of closing your lab months in advance of your departure.

Controlled Drug Disposal Dates for 2023

The University of Pittsburgh's Controlled Substance Guidelines require that expired or unwanted containers of controlled substances (containing a residual volume) must be discarded through a Reverse Distributor.

Mark your calendar — you can dispose of expired or unwanted controlled substances free of charge on the following dates: 

  • Wednesday, January 11, 2023
  • Wednesday, April 12, 2023
  • Wednesday, July 12, 2023
  • Wednesday, October 11, 2023

For more information about the disposal of controlled substances, please refer to the Environmental Health and Safety website.

Webinar: Research Security, Foreign Interference, and Export Controls

Date: December 9, 2022
Time: 1 - 2 p.m.

The federal government has been very clear in recent years that interference from certain foreign governments has negatively affected our research enterprise.  Participation in malign foreign government sponsored talent programs has been singled out as one mechanism that governments use to illicitly transfer technology, IP, and research results to foreign countries to gain an economic and military advantage.  Universities have responded by sharing best practices and improving their policies and procedures aimed at disclosure and research security topics, including export controls.

The Office of Trade Compliance (OTC) will provide an overview of this topic, and then explain the current federal landscape including any upcoming federal requirements aimed at research security and export controls.  Special emphasis will be given to University processes, procedures and training that are in place for the research community.

Register here.

ORP Support Service

Need help in ensuring that your research meets regulatory requirements and ethical standards?

Then use the ORP Support Service!

Just answer a few questions and we will put you in touch with the right professionals to help facilitate your research.

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