The Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) is responsible for pre-award administration of grants and contracts; supporting investigators in developing proposals and funding strategies for their research and scholarship; protection, management, and licensing of the University’s intellectual property; oversight of the use animals, biological and chemical hazardous agents, human subjects, select agents, blood borne pathogens and radioactive materials and lasers in research, teaching and training; environmental health and safety; and implementation of the University’s policies on conflict of interest in research, export controls, research integrity and research misconduct. The OVPR assures that the services and resources provided by the units under its direction meet the needs of the research community and satisfies the requirements of laws and regulations that govern research and protects the University’s interests. This includes policy development, strategic planning and oversight. The OVPR also works closely with the research leadership of the schools and Tufts Medical Center to promote cooperation, collaboration, and sharing of resources to maintain a positive working relationship between the schools and with the hospital. Additionally, the OVPR maintains close working relationships with faculty and department chairs in order to keep abreast of the needs and direction of research and to foster an environment of open communication and responsiveness.
The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) at Tufts University and Tufts Medical Center oversees all activities that involve animals and ensures compliance with federal, state and local regulations. The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) at Tufts University and Tufts Medical Center oversees all potentially biohazardous research, including the use of recombinant DNA, infectious agent, biological toxins and select agents, and ensures compliance with all relevant federal, state and local regulations. The Institutional Chemical Safety Committee (ICSC) at Tufts University oversees the use, storage and disposal of high hazardous chemicals in research, teaching and training and ensures compliance with the OSHA Laboratory Standard. The Institutional Radiation Safety Committee (IRSC) at Tufts University oversees the use of radioactive materials and radiation-producing machines in research, teaching and training and ensures compliance with all relevant federal, state and local regulations.
The Regulatory Manager assists in the administration of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), the Institutional Chemical Safety Committee (ICSC) and the Institutional Radiation Safety Committee (IRSC). The incumbent manages all aspects of the regulatory expiration and renewal process for IACUC protocols, IBC registrations, Chemical Hazard forms, and Radiation Safety forms. S/he is responsible for ensuring that internal processes and documentation are compliant with the multiple and varied laws and adheres to institutional policies and procedural expectations for the management of each committee. The incumbent counsels researchers, support staff, administrative staff and students on how best to continue the research per their lab or project’s specific regulatory needs; thoroughly understands and applies all relevant federal, state, and local laws; and provides follow-up on notifications regarding expirations and renewals. S/he works with the regulatory committees and technical experts to conduct inspections, investigate potential non-compliance, communicate findings, and follow-up any required corrective actions. S/he is also responsible for the management of the committees and memberships, internal regulatory documents, external regulatory reports and associated databases. Finally, the incumbent oversees 1-2 junior staff members.