2016 Webinar: Grant and Protocol Congruency for IACUCs


It is an institution’s responsibility to ensure that the research described in a grant application is congruent with any corresponding protocols approved by the institutional animal care and use committee (IACUC). IACUC administrators and other institution staff are tasked with ensuring approved animal research protocols are in agreement with the grants that sponsor them. During this basic-level webinar, presenters will discuss considerations for congruency reviews from the perspectives of the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare and an IACUC protocol analyst. Using scenarios and case studies from the field, the following topics were discussed:

  • Background on National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation and Department of Defense requirements for grant and protocol congruency: what is required and why? How can we use the federal requirements to guide congruency reviews?
  • The recent simplification of the Vertebrate Animals Section (VAS) of NIH grant applications, cooperative agreements, and contract proposals, which goes into effect for all applications submitted after January 25, 2016
  • The IACUC administrator’s role in congruency reviews
  • The relationship between the IACUC and the sponsored projects office, and how these relationships may differ by institution
  • Best practices for communicating with investigators to amend protocols when they do not match grants
  • When congruence is achieved, who gets notified, and how?
  • The presence or absence of Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) and their effect on congruency reviews
  • How funding sources affect congruency reviews

What will I learn?

After attending this webinar, attendees were able to:

  • Understand, articulate, and enforce the requirements and process for achieving grant and protocol congruence, including recent changes to the VAS of NIH grant applications
  • Identify the roles, relationships, and responsibilities of the IACUC, the sponsored projects office, and investigators in facilitating congruence, and communicate effectively with all parties

Who should attend?

This basic-level webinar is relevant to IACUC administrators and other institution staff who conduct grant and protocol congruency reviews, and principal Investigators who conduct federally funded and privately funded research.


Patricia BrownPatricia A. Brown, VMD, MS, Diplomate ACLAM,currently serves as the director, Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). OLAW oversees the use of animals in all Public Health Service (PHS)-supported biomedical and behavioral research by providing guidance and interpretation of the PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (PHS Policy); monitoring compliance with the PHS Policy; evaluating all allegations or indications of noncompliance with Federal animal welfare requirements; and supporting educational programs that further the humane care and use of research animal subjects. She received her bachelor of science degree in Animal Science from the Pennsylvania State University and her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She served in the U.S. Air Force and while on active duty earned a master of science degree in Laboratory Animal Medicine from the M.S. Hershey Medical Center, Pennsylvania State University, Hershey, PA.  She joined the NIH in 1986 and served in clinical and management positions in the NIH’s Veterinary Resources Branch, in the National Cancer Institute and the Office of Animal Care and Use before joining OLAW in 2006 as the Director.

Richelle ScalesRichelle Scales, CPIA, received a bachelor of science degree in Laboratory Animal Science from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University (NC A&T) in 1993. She is a CPIA® and currently serves as a research compliance analyst at UC Berkeley, working in the Office for Animal Care and Use. Before coming to Berkeley, Richelle worked at Emory University Yerkes Primate Center for over 8 years as a veterinarian assistant and research technician, and for three years as an IACUC member, compliance analyst, and post-approval monitoring specialist. She has also served as a research consultant and lab assistant on behavioral projects involving rhesus macaques at Cayo Santiago, Puerto Rico.

Certificates of Attendance

Certificates of attendance will be made available at the conclusion of the webinar. To access the certificate, you must first complete the online evaluation. Such certificates are useful for obtaining continuing education (CE) credits (not Continuing Medical Education credits) from professional associations. Note that guidelines concerning CE credits may differ, and you should consult the appropriate professional association representative for further guidance.

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CE Credit for Certified Professional IACUC (CPIA®) Recertification
Webinar participants holding the CPIA®credential who wish to apply credits from this webinar toward CPIA® recertification may submit the Certificate of Attendance they received upon completing the online evaluation as documentation of their participation. Participation in this 90-minute webinar counts as 1.5 CE credit hours.

Additional information about CPIA® recertification can be found here.