UNCP has taken steps to slow the spread of COVID-19. Nevertheless, the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs is available to faculty and staff for all the research development, proposal submission, and award management services that we routinely provide; please reach out to us through email or by phone. 

Effective June 1, 2020, OSRP will be open by appointment. To schedule an appointment, please contact the office by phone 910.775.4249 or email

OSRP has oversight over compliance with applicable federal and state laws, regulations, and policies related to externally funded programs, as well as compliance with UNCP policies.


The Institutional Review Board is an independent administrative body established to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects; the IRB ensures compliance with federal requirements related to protection of human research subjects (45 CFR 46.111).

Dr. Erik Tracy, IRB Chair
Phone: 910.775.4512

COVID-19 Update

  1. The IRB will continue to review protocols during this time.  Please feel free to send the protocols to  However, please allow for a longer time period for the IRB to review the protocols.  
  1. At this time, any human subjects research that is conducted in-person or face-to-face needs to be halted.  The UNCP IRB will let you know when it is safe to resume your research once again.
  • If you are conducting research in a virtual setting (e.g., collecting data on the internet via surveys or focus groups), then you may continue to conduct your research.
  • These new guidelines are being implemented in order to protect the safety and security of both research participants and researchers, which is one of the primary roles of the IRB.
  1. If social distancing requires a change to your research protocol, please email

To determine if you need IRB approval, view the IRB Decision Tree below.


    The IACUC ensures that UNCP is in compliance with the Public Health Policy on Human Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. The IACUC reviews and approves protocols for individuals at UNCP who are using vertebrate animals in teaching and research. It also conducts inspections of facilities to ensure that animals are treated humanely and safely and that work environments remain safe for personnel involved in animal care and use. The federal Animal Welfare Act (9 CFR Ch. 1 Subpart C 2.31 (c) (1-8)) requires universities to have an IACUC. UNCP's IACUC follows the protocols of the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (Section IV.B. (1-8)), and the recommendations and standards of the National Research Council of the National Academies' Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (8th edition).

    Dr. John Roe, IACUC Chair
    Phone: 910.775.4081

      Conflict of Interest and Commitment

      The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program)

      Training for Human Subjects, Animal Subjects, Conflict of Interest, and Responsible Conduct of Research is available.  Researchers can register for the appropriate CITI courses at

      Responsible Conduct of Scientific Research

      Export Controls