Washington National Primate Research Center

Starting New Projects: Process Overview for Researchers
Last Revised: Wednesday 10-14-2020

The Washington National Primate Research Center (WaNPRC) provides help for researchers starting new projects using nonhuman primates (NHPs) in research at the University of Washington. The Animal Resources Division’s goal is to efficiently respond to nonhuman primate research requests from funded investigators. Their overall goal is to optimize resources, to expedite project initiation and to streamline the process by which projects proceed. They guide investigators through the process to access Center resources, work with them to establish practical experimental designs, develop budgets for the proposed experiments, and schedule responsibilities and facilities required for each experiment. This document provides a general overview of the review process necessary to start new projects. Details will be reviewed during the Principal Investigators’ (PI) first conversation with the Research Facilitator.

The review process involves the following steps. These are actions or questions that need to be addressed by the PI.

Contact the WaNPRC (Research Facilitator at jessed10@uw.edu or Director at wanprcdo@uw.edu) when you have been alerted by a granting organization that your project is likely to be funded.

  1. Meet with the Research Facilitator to review necessary paperwork and timeline for completion.
  2. The University of Washington’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) has oversight and responsibility for all research, teaching and testing that involves the use of live vertebrate animals at the UW. Research projects must be approved by the IACUC before the initiation of all live animal work. The Office of Animal Welfare (OAW) supports the functions of the IACUC and will help you through the review and approval process of your protocol submissions. Proposed research protocols are be submitted through the UW’s online system (HoverBoard). Please contact the OAW via email at oawrss@uw.edu or call 206-685-7363.
  3. Revise PRF as needed to address IACUC questions; staff from DPR are available for assistance.
  4. The WaNPRC Research Project Request (RPR) (e-mail jessed10@uw.edu for a copy) will need to be completed prior to project start and after the IACUC approval.  Specific circumstances can provide a simultaneous review while the IACUC is reviewing the project.
  5. If this project has already been peer-reviewed by NIH or a similar sponsor, no additional scientific review may be necessary.  If there has not been a peer-review, then review by the WaNPRC Research Advisory Committee (RAC) is required.  The RAC reviews the proposed project’s scientific merit and suitability for the WaNPRC based on information provided by the investigator in the Research Project Review (RPR) form.
  6. A resources review by Animal Resources Division (ARD) staff; e.g. animal availability, ARD personnel assistance, special housing, etc. will be based on the information provided by the investigator in the RPR.
  7. Upon written IACUC approval, contact the Research Facilitator to complete or revise the RPR. WaNPRC will provide a final review of all resources required.
  8. Prior to final approval, a budgetary and funding verification will be done by WaNPRC Finance and Administration staff.
  9. When all WaNPRC approvals are secured, the project is opened and research can begin.