The IBC requires registration of the research by submission of a New Protocol Form. No covered work activities can be initiated without submission of a New Protocol Form.
The Office of Research has an online research administration system, NUgrant, for submission of the majority of paperwork related to lab research at UNL. All new protocol submissions to the IBC are handled through the NUgrant system.
Below are instructions for logging into NUgrant and entering your project details. The initial steps are briefly outlined here:
You can login to NUgrant at http://nugrant.unl.edu. Your username and password are the same as the one used for Blackboard (My.UNL), if you have trouble logging in, please use the link under the login dialog for assistance. Once logged in, click on the "add new" link next to the IBC Protocols heading on the left side of the screen.
This will open a blank form for you to edit. Ths form is user friendly and completing it is straightforward, just input the requested information. The IBC is encouraging investigators to consolidate multiple projects into one (1) IBC protocol when possible. For some questions you will be able to copy and paste information from grants or other documents into this form. Although, in many cases there is additional information requested, which must be provided to continue with the form.
More detailed instructions can be found in the following documents:
- A completed NUgrant IBC New Protocol form, and;
A lab-specific biosafety manual (see EHS SOP, Preparing a Laboratory Biosafety
Completion of required training (see the Training Needs Assessment document) by all personnel listed in the protocol.
At a minimum you must take the Core Training including Emergency Preparedness and Injury, Illness and Prevention. Chemical Safety, NIH Guidelines Training, Bloodborne Pathogens, Biosafety Basics, and/or Biosafety in the BSL-2 Laboratory may also be required based on the research you will be doing.
- Satisfactory completion of a Pre-approval audit by the EHS Biosafety Staff.
Approved Protocols and Protocol Maintenance
- Major Changes
- Minor Changes
- Changes to Personnel
- Changes to Facilities (facility inspection by the BSO is required)
- Changes to Funding
- Changes to Decontamination/Disinfection/Disposal Procedures
Every year on the anniversary of protocol approval the PI will be notified by email to login to the
NUgrant system and submit an Annual Update Form. Reminders will be sent 30 days, two weeks before the anniversary date, on the
anniversary date and every week after that until the form is submitted or the protocol is suspended or terminated.
- Submission of an Annual Update Form is a condition of continued protocol approval and failure to submit annual update forms or amendments in a timely manner may result in the IBC taking action to suspend or withdraw approval of the protocol until the requested information/documents are received.