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Instructions for submitting an application for approval for the Use of Animals in Research and/or Classroom Study

The use of animals in all research, classroom, or other activities (with or without internal or external funding), except for those animals whose sole purpose for being on campus is for display or zoological specimens, must undergo review by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and receive written approval prior to initiation of the research.

Protocols can be submitted at any time. However, you should plan to submit your proposal based on the proposal deadlines as posted in The Reporter or as listed on the IACUC web site.

How to begin the IACUC review process:

  1. Complete the on line animal subjects training through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) - go to Please note that if you are being funded through NSF or NIH you are required to complete additional training on the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). This training requirement must also be met through the CITI training site.

  2. Complete and sign the application. When completing the application if something does not apply to your research please put n/a in the box to indicate that you have evaluated the question.

  3. Complete and attach all of the appropriate appendices:

  1. Submit all supporting materials and documentation of any required approvals or applications for approval from other cooperating agencies ? such as licenses, permits or letters of permission.

  2. If receiving external funding for animal research, submit one (1) copy of the associated grant for review and assurance to the IACUC that the animal work for which approval is being sought is for that indicated in the funding grant.

  3. If the research is being done in conjunction with another campus ? a copy of the protocol and approval of research on animals from the collaborating campus.

  4. Submit two copies of the complete proposal to the IACUC Chair:

    • One complete paper copy with original signatures is to be mailed to the address below:
    • One complete electronic copy is to be emailed to the address below:

Glenn Johnson
Phone: 267-2710
Timerman 229
SUNY Potsdam
Potsdam, NY 13676

Protocol Guidance and Help:

If you have any questions regarding your protocol of need help with the forms, please contact the IACUC Chair.