Offices Supporting Clinical Research
The University of Virginia is dedicated to advancing high quality clinical research and supports our clinical researchers with a variety of services to assist them in their efforts. The availability of shared resources is part of the commitment to interdisciplinary research. Learn more about the offices that support research endeavors.
Clinical Research Unit (CRU)
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The Clinical Research Unit (CRU) of the School of Medicine Clinical Trials Office provides a location and skilled staff for investigators conducting inpatient and outpatient clinical and translational research at the University of Virginia. The services provided by the CRU staff have replaced the nursing services formerly provided by the General Clinical Research Center (GCRC) which recently closed when the NIH GCRC grant program ended. The CRU services include clinical research facilities (supporting both outpatient and inpatient studies) and research support services.
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Institutional Biosafety Committee
The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is a standing committee and is responsible for reviewing all University research and teaching activities conducted by faculty, staff, students and/or visiting scientists on University property that involve the use of biological agents. Biological agents are defined as microorganisms, Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules experiments as defined by NIH Guidelines, materials derived from human and non-human primates, or biological toxins.
Institutional Review Board
Federal regulations require that all proposed human research studies undergo review by the Institutional Review Board (IRB). The IRB is responsible for reviewing all human subjects research and ensuring compliance with federal regulations. The primary role of the IRB is to protect the safety and welfare of human subjects.
The President of the University of Virginia has designated the Vice President for Research as the Institutional Official (IO) with the authority to develop, implement, and monitor all research compliance programs.
The Institutional Review Board for Health Sciences Research (IRB-HSR)
The IRB-HSR is responsible for reviewing all health sciences research for the University of Virginia.
The Institutional Review Board for Social and Behavioral Sciences (IRB-SBS) is responsible for reviewing all non-medical behavioral research (studies which are considered medically non-invasive).
IRB online must be accessed from a UVA computer. You can login and view any protocol or grant that you are associated with.
Office of Grants and Contracts
The Office of Grants and Contracts provides superior customer service to SOM faculty in order to facilitate the research enterprise. The office supports the research community with:
- Review and approval of proposals and contracts
- Assistance with achieving compliance
- Identification of potential sources of research funding
- Interpretation of sponsor policies and guidelines
- Facilitation of training and development of support tools for research administration
- Assistance with: budget development and application submission; non-financial, post-award assistance; and account close-out
- With the Office of Sponsored Programs, negotiation of terms and conditions for contracts such as clinical trials, research, material transfer, confidentiality, and consulting agreements.
OCR Cancer Center
The Office for Clinical Research (OCR) at the Cancer Center provides centralized support for the conduct of cancer clinical trials at the University of Virginia. The office’s principal goal is to assist UVA physicians and nurses in the collection of data that are accurate, unbiased, and well-organized.
Protocol Review Committee
The Protocol Review Committee (PRC) is charged with providing institutional peer review of all cancer-related clinical research protocols, except for trials that have received a previous peer review (e.g. NCI cooperative group trials.)