UA Gateway to Research Homepage: The Office for Research & Discovery, under the direction of Dr. Espy, provides leadership and support for sponsored creative, scholarly, and scientific endeavors at the University of Arizona. As part of its goal to advance transformative excellence in research across the University, the Office of Research & Discovery developed this website as a resource for investigators, business managers, and grant administrators. Our units, Sponsored Projects Services, Contract and Research Support Program and Research Compliance Services will support you throughout your project’s lifecycle--from proposal submission, to award management, through award closeout.
UA Research Development Homepage
Research development encompasses a variety of support activities for faculty efforts to secure extramural funding. From strategic advising to proposal support to providing workshops and trainings, research development professionals have the goal of enabling competitive individual and team research.
UA Research Compliance Services Homepage
Research Compliance Services is a unit of the Office for Research & Discovery that supports research excellence at UA through the adoption and implementation of policies and procedures that promote the safe, legal and ethical conduct of research. We emphasize collaborative engagement to achieve best practices and shared acceptance of core values.
Research Resources is the gateway to information on research services, training and professional development, and core facilities, as well as links to forms and templates, policy and guidance and other useful information.
UA Responsible Conduct of Research Program: Fostering a culture and expectation of responsible and ethical conduct of research is a critical component in the advancement of knowledge through research and scholarship. It is also a key element in the maintenance of public trust in the research enterprise. Given that ethical issues emerge when conducting research and scholarship across disciplines of all kinds, UA is committed to providing high quality instruction in responsible conduct of research to the entire campus community.
Several of the major federal funding agencies (NSF, NIH, NIFA) require instruction in the responsible conduct of research for certain individuals helping to conduct research and scholarship. NIH requires all trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars supported by NIH training grants, career development awards, and dissertation research grants to receive instruction in the responsible conduct of research. The requirement applies to the following programs: D43, D71, F05, F30, F31, F32, F33, F34, F37, F38, K01, K02, K05, K07, K08, K12, K18, K22, K23, K24, K25, K26, K30, K99/R00, KL1, KL2, R25, R36, T15, T32, T34, T35, T36, T37, T90/R90, TL1, TU2, and U2R. Other NIH-funded programs may also require instruction in responsible conduct of research, and will clearly state this requirement in the relevant funding opportunity announcements. NSF requires all postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduate students funded through an NSF grant to receive instruction in the responsible conduct of research. NIFA requires that all program directors, faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and any staff participating in a research project funded by NIFA receive RCR training. Documentation of the training is subject to review by NIFA upon request. The certificate program must be initiated within 30 days of the PostAward date and completed within one calendar year after the PostAward date.
Human Subjects Protection & Research: Our process for protecting human research subjects reflects federal regulations developed in response to such cases as the Public Health Service syphilis study and the U.S. government radiation experiments. The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) oversees the operation of the IRBs. All research involving humans requires training and approval. Please note that all members of the research team are required to complete CITI training. IRB approval will not be granted for protocols in which study personnel have not completed UA CITI training within the last four years. (If you have completed the full training, you only need to complete the Refresher Course.)
Quick Start Guide to Human Subjects Research
CITI Program Homepage
UA IRB Applications, Forms and Checklists
Conflict of Interest policies and procedures at the University of Arizona are about integrity and transparency in managing the intersections of public and private interests. They are part of an institutional culture of ethics and good judgment in the University’s performance of all of its missions (teaching, research, public service) and its administrative and business operations. Prior to starting any research project you must complete the training and submit the online form.
UA Conflict of Interest Disclosure Instructions
UA Conflict of Interest Online Training and Form
HIPAA Privacy Program
The University of Arizona (UA) HIPAA Privacy Program (HPP), led by the HIPAA Privacy Officer, oversees all ongoing activities related to UA’s implementation of HIPAA policies and procedures and is the office primarily responsible for ensuring UA’s HIPAA compliance. The UA HIPAA Privacy Officer is the Privacy Officer for designated UA departments and clinics and is responsible for developing and implementing relevant procedures, training and educational materials, and responding to privacy breaches. HIPAA: The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), and all regulations promulgated thereunder, regulate the protection of private health information for individuals. These rules and regulations set standards for the uses and disclosures of all protected health information (PHI) obtained from a covered entity or a business associate of a covered entity. Hybrid Entity Status: UA is a Hybrid Entity and has designated Health Care Components in accordance with 45 CFR § 164.105. These Health Care Components must comply with HIPAA (45 CFR Parts 160, 162 and 164) and all regulations promulgated thereunder, as may be amended from time to time.
Researchers: please note that all research studies involving PHI must obtain either an individual’s authorization to access their information, granted by the the entity that maintains the PHI, or without individual authorization under limited circumstances set forth in the Privacy Rule (e.g. an IRB-approved waiver of authorization).
UA HIPAA Training
UA HIPAA Forms
The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Program oversees the University’s animal care and use program ensuring the appropriate care, use and humane treatment of animals used for research, testing and teaching. The IACUC is responsible for reviewing and approving requests to use live vertebrate animals, and ensuring compliance with all applicable regulations. The IACUC performs inspections of all areas where animals are housed and used, and oversees training and educational programs. The IACUC serves as a resource to investigators research staff, students and administrators, providing guidance in planning and conducting all animal activities with the highest scientific, humane, and ethical principles.
Form to Report an Adverse or Anticipated Event Affecting Animals
AHSC Facts and Publication Page for use in institutional summaries
AHSC Facilities and Resources Homepage for information on specific AHSC resources
Application for Use of BUMG Resources with any externally funded research (industry or grants)
NIH: Annotated Application Forms a handy field-by-field walk-through that helps you avoid common errors in completing your application package, and ensure successful submission of your application. These annotated forms include tips for completing many of the application form fields, including fields that are required by the NIH but are not marked required on the federal-wide form set. While the NIH application guide and funding opportunity announcement are your primary sources of information about application submission requirements, these annotated forms are a valuable resource to use in double checking your application before submission.