Research Administrative Programs and Oversight Committees
Virginia Tech provides essential administrative programs and oversight committees to researchers in an effort to enhance compliance, integrity, and safety of the research being conducted through the university. With these areas of support, researchers can focus more on their research activities while maintaining compliance.
Research Administrative Programs
Virginia Tech’s Human Research Protections program (HRPP), housed in the Division of Scholarly Integrity and Research Compliance, is designed to support researchers in meeting their ethical and regulatory responsibilities to human research participants.
The Privacy and Research Data Protection Program (PRDP) ensures that Virginia Tech’s researchers have access to the guidance they need to keep data secure and compliant with university, state, and federal regulations.
The Research Conflict of Interest Program is responsible for assessing and implementing management strategies for investigator financial conflicts of interest.
The program also administers the university's system for outside activity and financial interest disclosure.
The Research Integrity and Consultation Program (RICP) develops and provides a comprehensive program of training experiences and learning opportunities to infuse ethics, and regulatory knowledge across the university. The program also provides a research ethics consultation service that helps researchers to identify, analyze and resolve complex questions that arise during the development, conduct, and dissemination of research.
Research Oversight Committees
The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee ensures humane care for and the well-being of animals used in research and teaching at the university. As per federal law, the committee has the authority to approve, disapprove, or require modifications to be made to protocols to ensure regulatory compliance.
The Institutional Biosafety Committees (IBC) provides oversight of research that involves the use of biohazardous agents, including recombinant and/or synthetic nucleic acid molecules. The committee is charged with planning and implementation of the campus Biosafety Program with a purpose to ensure the health and safety of all personnel working with biohazardous agents.
The Institutional Review Board protects research participants and reviews proposed research before it is implemented to ensure that it is scientifically valid, risks to participants are minimized, and that risks are reasonably relative to the expected benefits of the research.
Management Plan Advisory Committee
The Management Plan Advisory Committee is a standing committee of the university that makes recommendations to the program director regarding how financial conflicts of interest should be managed to ensure that sponsored research will be objective and free from bias to the extent possible.