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Research and Development - Iowa City VA Health Care System

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Policies & Guidance

Office of Research and Development (ORD) is responsible for development of VHA policy related to research programs, development and implementation of educational programs in support of ORD’s research mission, and allocation of appropriated medical and prosthetic research funds to medical facilities.

Office of Research Oversight

  • The Office of Research Oversight ( ORO) serves as the primary VHA office in advising the Under Secretary for Health on all matters of compliance and assurance regarding human subjects protections, animal welfare, research safety, and research misconduct.

Office of the Vice President for Research (University of Iowa)

  • This site provides researchers, scholars, and creative artists access to descriptions of external funding sources, application forms, and on-line proposal submissions.

National Institutes for Health Office of Extramural Research

  • The NIH conducts and supports basic, applied, and clinical and health services research to understand the processes underlying human health and to acquire new knowledge to help prevent, diagnose, and treat human diseases and disabilities


  • All human subjects research to be conducted at the Iowa City VA Health Care System must be submitted through the HawkIRB system.

Special Interests:  Human Subjects Research

Office for Human Research Protection

  • A site which provides interested individuals with information regarding human subject research protection, and upcoming educational workshops and other programs.

Special Interests:  Animal Research

Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC)

  • AAALAC is a private non-profit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through a voluntary accreditation program.

Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) 

  • Policies, laws, certifications, grant information, and other resources pertaining to 
    treatment of animals used for research by the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

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