Protocol Submission

This overview will provide navigation through the submission process which will include all updated submission guidelines, protocol modifications, training requirements, and grant review, as well as common reasons for delay and compliance issues.

To begin, you must use Animal Research Online (ARO) for all new submissions.

Please note that failure to renew a protocol that covers currently housed animals, jeopardizes the continuation of the animal protocol and could result in suspension of animal use privileges and confiscation of animals.

Animal Research Online

This step-by-step process (PDF) will inform you of pre-submission information, guide you through the ARO process, and provide answers to commonly asked questions.

Lab Safety for Animal Research

Learn about occupational health, enrollment in the AESP program, and access the latest news from the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

IACUC Congruency Review

All animal studies must follow a University procedure to align with the Public Health Service Policy for Verification of IACUC Approval, which is referred to as an IACUC Congruency Review.

Training Requirements

The institution is responsible for the training of its staff to ensure qualified and experienced personnel.  Learn more about how to verify completion of the University of Pittsburgh's required training.

Delayed Protocol Approval

There are common reasons why there might be a delay in your protocol submission. 

Medical Surveillance Program For Animal Users

Enrollment in the Animal Exposure Surveillance Program (AESP) is mandatory for all animal users. The AESP is utilized to identify and enroll animal users in preventive medicine programs and to provide occupational health information related to the use and care of animals at the University.

​More information on the Medical Surveillance Program for Animal Users can be found here

Controlled Substances Guidelines and Forms

To aid University of Pittsburgh investigators in complying with the Controlled Substances Act and related regulations, University guidelines have been developed, as well as a number of internal implementation procedures which can be found here.