Some proposals will require special reviews for compliance based on the proposed research. The human subjects, animal subjects, and biosafety reviews by the appropriate committees do not need to finalized at the time of submission of the proposal, but they must be fully approved by the applicable committee before an award can be accepted. Inclusion of these special review items to be entered into the Coeus proposal module are described in the Coeus User Manual.
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
The directive of the IACUC is to follow special guidelines when animals are used in projects or activities. The University has assumed the ethical responsibility of compliance with animal requirements and has agreed to provide appropriate oversight for the welfare of animals used in all research and educational activities. Please see the Office of Research Integrity and Assurance website for more information on Animal Research Protections
Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects (IRB)
The IRB’s primary responsibility is to protect the rights and welfare of human subject participants. Institutions conducting human subjects research are federally mandated to have an IRB. Please see the Office of Research Integrity and Assurance website for more information on Human Research Protections
Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)
The IBC ensures that research activities with potentially biohazardous materials are conducted in accordance with the policies and procedures of the Princeton University Biological Safety Manual and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules. Please see the Office of Research Integrity and Assurance website for more information on Biosafety
Conflict of Interest in Research Review Panel (COI)
The COI panel is charged with receiving and analyzing financial disclosure material; proposing to the investigator suitable adjustments in project arrangements when these are deemed necessary to remove or circumvent conflict of interest; and developing policy recommendations on conflict of interest in research for consideration by the University Research Board
(URB) or other appropriate University bodies. The University requires that all PIs and co-PIs complete a COI Certification
form with each proposal submitted to the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), even when the University is participating as a subrecipient institution. The internal certification form(s) should be included in Coeus with the additional proposal documentation. Please see the Office of Research Integrity and Assurance website for more information on Conflict of Interest in Research
PI Approval Requests
Export Control regulations are a multi-faceted body of law and regulations governing the export of sensitive items, including equipment and technology used in research, which can affect a research institution in many different and unexpected ways. The Yes/No questions in Coeus
require an answer to plans for export controlled equipment or information. Please review Export Controls
for more information on how these regulations are managed at the University.
International Travel and Collaborations
Projects which include international travel and/or collaboration may require URB review and approval after the proposal has been submitted to the sponsor. The Yes/No questions in Coeus
that address international collaboration must be checked as “Yes” to flag the proposal as one that includes international collaboration along with the list of names and affiliations. An additional Coeus question must also be marked “Yes” if the collaboration involves a certain list of countries, due to a potential involvement with the export control regulations.
Facilities Alteration or Renovation
Projects which include any renovation or expansion to University facilities must be approved by the Department Chair in Coeus and must have prior written approval by the Office of the Provost. The Yes/No question in Coeus that addresses facilities renovation must be marked as “Yes”.