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NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine's Divisions of Research coordinates the research activities for the NYITCOM community. There is a Division of Research at NYITCOM's Long Island campus and an Office of Research at the Jonesboro campus. The Division/Office of Research is responsible for coordination of the submission of grant applications and contracts from NYITCOM faculty, students, and staff, dispersal of allocated internal funds to NYITCOM faculty in support of pilot research projects, operation of programs to engage medical students in research activities, and maintenance of a state-certified animal facility for small rodents and fish.

To enhance the ability of NYITCOM faculty to obtain external funding, the Division/Office of Research conducts and sponsors grant writing seminars and workshops. In support of the NYITCOM research enterprise, the Associate Dean of Research makes recommendations to the Dean of NYITCOM on a variety of topics including allocation of lab space, development of focus areas for research, acquisition of core research equipment, and recruitment of research faculty. The Division/Office of Research works closely with the Institutional Review Board (IRB), the Institutional Animal Care and Utilization Committee (IACUC), The Educational Research Data Committee (ERDC) and the Radiation Safety Committee to ensure compliance of all NYITCOM research activities with state and federal regulations.

In addition, the Division/Office of Research serves as a liaison to external agencies such as the American Osteopathic Association, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and state and local agencies. Research opportunities are further enhanced by interactions with the member institutions of the NYITCOM postgraduate Educational Consortium (NYCOMEC).

A. Grant Proposal and Research Contract Requirements

NYITCOM, and the parent institution, NYIT, strongly encourage acquisition of external funding sources for research activities being conducted at NYITCOM. Prior to submission of applications to external agencies for research grants and contracts, applicants must ensure compliance with the following requirements. First, all planned research with human or non-human subjects must have been approved by the appropriate institutional oversight committee (IRB – human subjects; IACUC – animals; ERDC – educational research; see section next page on Research with Human or Non-human Subjects). Second, the planned budget must conform to all NYITCOM/NYIT policies, including salary and fringe benefit guidelines and administrative cost charges. Third, all NYITCOM/NYIT resources necessary to conduct the project, including any matching funds, must be clearly identified. A written statement from the appropriate administrator must be obtained stating explicitly that these resources will be available for the project. Fourth, any hazardous conditions that might be caused by the project must be identified along with written statements from appropriate administrators regarding the management of those hazardous conditions. Finally, written approval for all research grant proposal and research contracts must be obtained from the appropriate department chair or vice chair, the Associate Dean of Research of the Assistant Dean of Research and Publications, the NYITCOM Dean or site dean, and the NYIT Vice President for Health Sciences and Medical Affairs, as well as the Director of Grants and Funded Research, prior to submission.

B. Research with Human or Non-human Subjects

In order to conduct any research with either human or non-human subjects, including survey and interview research, faculty must first have their research plan approved by the appropriate institutional oversight committee (IRB – human subjects; IACUC – animals). In addition, all individuals involved in human subject research (faculty, staff and, students) must receive training in basic human subject protection prior to beginning work on a project involving human subjects. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) provides a free online training program that meets the required criteria.