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Research Compliance

Winston-Salem State University, through the Office of Sponsored Programs, is committed to achieving the highest standards of excellence and integrity in all its research endeavors and promoting the ethical conduct of research.

A primary goal of the Office of Sponsored Programs is to educate the Winston-Salem State University's research community about regulatory requirements and ethical standards governing research. Principal investigators are responsible for ensuring compliance with all applicable regulations and policies.

Research conducted at Winston-Salem State University is subject to a wide range of federal and state policies established to ensure ethical conduct in research. Through three key committees and related programs and activities, the Office of Sponsored Programs develops, implements and oversees university policies related to the following areas:

Research involving Biohazardous Materials or Recombinant DNA

All research and educational activities that involve infection agents, plant or animal pathogens, hazardous chemicals, recombinant DNA molecules, microorganisms, human etiologic agents, human tissues or body fluids, or gene therapy must be reviewed and approved by IBC prior to initiation. Governed by Institutional Biosafety Committee.

Research Involving Human Subjects (IRB)

Winston-Salem State University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) is the committee responsible for ensuring the protection of human subjects partnering in research studies at Winston-Salem State University. Governed by Institutional Review Board.

Research involving Animals

Winston-Salem State University’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is the committee responsible for ensuring the protection and care of vertebrate animals being used in research studies at Winston-Salem State University. Governed by Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.

Detailed information about IRB, IACUC and IBC, as well as contact information for the Compliance Officer and some additional resources regarding compliance, is available via the links on this page.

We hope that researchers at Winston-Salem State University find this website a valuable source of information regarding compliance requirements and issues.

WSSU Compliance Assurances and Registrations

Federal Wide Assurance: 00000214 10/02/2024

IRB Registration Number: 00001032 10/24/2025

Org Number: 0000686

For any questions related to compliance please contact Dr. Shawn Holt at

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Please DO NOT use IRBIS for submitting NEW applications for IRB review. The IRBIS should be used ONLY for submitting renewal and modification for existing applications which were approved before October 1, 2021.

To initiate a NEW IRB application please use the Cayuse Research Suite Login.