A key goal of the Office of Research is to ensure that research, scholarship and creative activities at SJSU are conducted safely, ethically and legally. The Office of Research facilitates the meeting of this goal by coordinating the University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).
The IRB is a committee responsible for reviewing research proposals submitted by SJSU students, faculty, and staff that involve the use of human subjects.
The IACUC is a committee that is responsible for reviewing protocols by all individuals at SJSU and its affiliates that are related to the humane care and use of animals and for addressing ethical concerns in discussions, evaluations and policy matters.
The IBC reviews research activities performed by agents of the University (i.e., faculty, staff, and students) involving hazardous biological agents, recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules, materials derived from humans and nonhuman primates, toxins, select agents, or agents of dual use research concern. The IBC provides oversight for biological safety at SJSU and ensures compliance pursuant to the NIH Guidelines and University policies as stated in our charge.