Animal Use Application Process

An animal care and use protocol must be approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) before animals are procured and prior to performing any work involving live vertebrate animals.
Each campus has its own IACUC:

  • Boston University Medical Campus (BUMC)
  • Boston University Charles River Campus (CRC)

The submission and review process is slightly different for each campus.  However, on both campuses:

  • Protocols are reviewed and approved every year.
  • Every three years protocols undergo a full, de novo review (as a new protocol).
  • Any and all changes must be submitted to the IACUC as an amendment and receive approval prior to implementation.

BUMC Protocols

IACUC protocols on the Medical Campus are maintained in an online system called INSPIR 1.

  • All new, renewal, and amendment submissions are processed through INSPIR.
  • INSPIR access is required to create or access protocols.
  • Principal Investigators (PI) must also request PI submit privileges using the second link on the INSPIR home page.
  • Please refer to the meeting schedule for deadlines.

CRC Protocols

IACUC protocols on the Charles River Campus are maintained on electronic forms.

  • All new, renewal, and amendment submissions are submitted by sending the forms to IACUC@bu.edu.
  • Please refer to the meeting schedule for deadlines.

Offsite Protocols

An offsite protocol is funded through BU, but none of the procedures involving live vertebrate animals are performed at BU.

  • A completed offsite application must be submitted to IACUC@bu.edu.
  • The approved protocol and approval letter from the other institution must be included with the application.

Exempt Protocols

An exempt protocol involves only the use of dead animals, animal tissues or fluids, or invertebrate animals.