RIC Programs

Research Integrity & Compliance Programs

Research Integrity & Compliance manages multiple programs aimed to promote safe and ethical research at the University of South Florida, and uphold a culture of integrity.

Biosafety Program

Incorporating health and safety practices governing all personnel working with biohazardous materials in research and/or teaching activities at USF and its affiliated institutions.

Boating Safety & Scientific Diving Programs

The Boating Safety Program provides training, support and oversight for the operators of small vessels used in research. The Scientific Diving Program develops, reviews and implements standards for safe scientific diving.

Conflict of Interest Program

Ensuring that the integrity of research is maintained during all phases of research (e.g., design, conduct and reporting), and preserving the public trust in the university while also promoting entrepreneurship among the research community.

Export Controls

Helping faculty, researchers, and staff navigate the complex environment of export regulations while maintaining the highest level of compliance with U.S. export control regulations.

IRB - Human Research Protections

Protecting the rights, safety, and welfare of human subjects who participate in the research programs at USF and its affiliated institutions. 1. Institutional Review Board (IRB) / Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) 2. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)


The USF Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC): Supporting excellence in research and teaching involving vertebrate animals.

IND/IDE Assistance Program

Providing comprehensive regulatory support, guidance and education to Sponsor-Investigators who need to file an Investigational New Drug (IND) or Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) application for U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-regulated clinical research.

Quality Assurance / Quality Improvement

The Quality Assurance / Quality Improvement (QA/QI) Program assists researchers in performing human subject research of the highest ethical standards. In addition to routine and for-cause audits, the QA/QI Program provides education to researchers and their study teams and provides them with tools to facilitate the conduct of their research. Additionally, the QA/QI Program is responsible for monitoring ClinicalTrials.gov compliance.

Radiation & Laser Safety / Alcohol Programs

The USF Ionizing Radiation Safety Office provides training and support to the USF researcher utilizing radioactive materials or equipment that produces ionizing radiation. The purpose of the Laser Safety Program is to ensure the safe use of lasers in USF research by identifying hazards, providing recommendations for proper use, and for laser safety training. USF is approved to purchase alcohol, free of the Federal Alcohol Tax.

Research Misconduct Program

Preventing the occurrences of research misconduct–defined as fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results.