Choose and submit an application

Choosing a form

There are four main IACUC application forms for new projects/protocols and one protocol amendment form (learn more about when to fill out an application):

Full Use Biomedical Protocol Application Form (use of live vertebrate animal subjects with contact) is for research that involves a) any contact with any living vertebrate animal by any personnel, or b) any alteration of animal environment(s) during observational work for biomed principal investigators.

Full Use Non-Biomedical Protocol Application Form (use of live vertebrate animal subjects with contact) is for research that involves a) any contact with any living vertebrate animal by any personnel, or b) any alteration of animal environment(s) for non-biomed principal investigators.

Vertebrate Sample Use Protocol Application Form (use of vertebrate samples) is for research involving no contact with any living vertebrates.

Observational Protocol Application Form (observation of non-human vertebrates with no contact) is for research that only involves the observation of animal subjects. If the research involves the observation of vertebrates, but there is a plan that will affect the animal subject or change the animal's environment, then the research is no longer considered "no contact" and a full use protocol is necessary. Request for sample collection may occur during observational studies that does not disturb animals may also be included on this form.

Protocol Amendment Form is for submitting minor changes to an active protocol (i.e., changes in animal use sites, changes in purpose or objective, additional personnel).

All of the forms require USDA classification.

Filling out a form

Submitting a form

Save the application in Word doc format and email to iacuc@ucsc.edu.

Once a form has been submitted

  • Check your email on a regular basis, as the IACUC may have important information and questions regarding your application. Responding promptly to these emails ensures that your application can receive approval as quickly as possible.
  • Make sure that all research personnel have met the following two requirements: the online CITI Training and the Occupational Health Surveillance System (OHSS) assessment/clearance. Protocols cannot be approved until all research personnel have met these requirements.
  • Upon approval, you will receive a confirmation email from the IACUC analyst with a copy of the approved protocol attached.

Visit the review process page for a summary of how an IACUC protocol receives approval.