About Us

The mission of the Office for Responsible Research (ORR) is to assist the Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) in providing compliance oversight for Iowa State University. ORR ensures that University research conducted on or off the ISU campus, including collaborative research with other institutions, is conducted in compliance with university, local, state, federal, and funding agency regulations.

ORR is also responsible for ensuring that the rights and welfare of human subjects and the welfare of animals, the investigator, the environment, and the community are protected. ORR fulfills its responsibilities, in part, by providing administrative support and implementation for the research compliance review committees covering human subjects research, animal-related research, biohazards, and radioactive materials and devices.

All investigators - undergraduate students, graduate students, professional and scientific staff, and faculty - with either internal or external funding are required to obtain any necessary approval(s) before initiating research and data collection.