UMass Boston

Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC)

All proposed research and teaching activities involving the use of vertebrate animals requires review and approval by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). This includes the use of animals housed and maintained in approved university animal facilities as well as studies conducted on vertebrate animals in their natural settings. In its review of proposed research activities involving animals, the IACUC observes the principles articulated in the Institute of Laboratory Animal Resource Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. Once approved by the IACUC, any proposed modifications to an approved protocol require further review and approval by the IACUC prior to implementation.

All researchers are asked to work in conjunction with the IACUC by following the policies and procedures and using the forms provided on this site. 

Please see the below webpages for additional information: 

Animal Resources Core Facility (ARCF) 

We have returned to in-person training!


Protocol Writers Workshop: Crafting Clear and Effective Research Protocols in Kuali

TIME: AUGUST 7, 2024. 12:30 - 2:30


Lunch provided 

Key topics covered in the workshop include:

  1. Understanding the Purpose of a Research Protocol: Participants will delve into the importance of a well-defined protocol in guiding the research process and facilitating reproducibility.
  2. Structuring a Protocol: Attendees will learn the essential components of a research protocol, including background information, study objectives, methodology, data analysis plan, and ethical considerations.
  3. Writing Clearly and Concisely: Participants will explore strategies for communicating complex scientific concepts in a clear and concise manner, ensuring that their protocols are accessible to a diverse audience.
  4. Addressing Common Pitfalls:  The workshop will highlight common pitfalls and challenges encountered in protocol writing, such as ambiguity, lack of specificity, and inadequate consideration of ethical concerns.  Participants will learn practical tips for overcoming these obstacles and enhancing the quality of their protocols.
  5. Q & A: Attendees will have the opportunity pose questions and discuss options, alternatives, and      solutions to issues in writing.  Facilitators will provide constructive feedback and suggestions for improvement.   This collaborative approach fosters a supportive environment for learning and growth, allowing participants to benefit from diverse perspectives and insights.




Animal Facility Issue Reporting Form

As part of our ongoing commitment to ensuring the highest standards of care and maintenance within our Animal Research Care Facility (ARCF), we are always looking for ways to improve our reporting and resolution processes for any issues that may arise.

With this in mind, we are excited to announce the integration of a new Facility Issue Report Form within the Kuali system. This form is designed to provide a streamlined and organized method for all faculty members to report any concerns related to the ARCF. Whether it's a facility issue, lighting malfunction, husbandry concern, or any other relevant matter, this form will ensure your concerns are documented and addressed promptly.

Contact IACUC

Questions regarding the IACUC or the conduct of research using vertebrate animals may be directed to