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The Research and Development Committee (RDC) is responsible for ensuring the effective operation of the research program and making appropriate recommendations to the Medical Center Director based on the Committee's oversight and evaluation of the research program. To the extent permitted by VHA Directive 1200.01 and local policy, decisions concerning research matters will be made by the R&D Committee. The Committee advises the Medical Center Director on professional and administrative aspects of the R&D program. All R&D activities within the hospital, whether funded or unfunded, are within its purview. Decisions on matters outside the committee's jurisdiction will be treated as recommendations to the Medical Center Director.


The Committee is responsible for maintaining high standards throughout the R&D Program. These standards include those assuring the scientific quality of the R&D projects, protection of human rights, laboratory safety, and welfare of animal subjects in R&D.


Specific responsibilities of the R&D Committee include:

  1. Planning, developing, and assuming overall responsibility of all R&D activities.

  2. Maintaining the execution of high quality of research by evaluating the quality, design desirability, propriety and administrative feasibility of all research proposals, applications for grants, gifts, and donations, and recommending changes to research proposals in order to enhance the accomplishment of desired goals.

  3. Approving or disapproving the conduct of each research activity performed in the VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System.

  4. Approving distribution of research funds, space, personnel, equipment, supplies, and common-use facilities.

  5. Making recommendations concerning the use of new investigational drugs and procedures for clinical research.

  6. Determining the extent to which the objectives of the R&D programs are being attained and their impact on maintaining and improving VA-Medical School relations.

2024 Research and Development Committee Meeting Dates 

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  • All meetings will be held virtually and begin at 9:30AM.

  • New study submissions must have all required subcommittee approvals (IRB, IACUC, SRS) and PO/ISSO review  (as applicable) prior to R&D Committee approval.

  • All VA grant submissions must be reviewed and approved by the Research & Development Committee. Contact the VA Grants Coordinator for details and submission deadlines.

  • *Date adjusted for holiday


Questions or for additional information, contact:

R&D Committee Administrator

RDC 2024 Meeting Dates
January 4, 2024
February 1, 2024
February 15, 2024
February 29, 2024
April 4, 2024
May 2, 2024
May 16, 2024
June 6, 2024
July 11, 2024*
August 1, 2024
August 15, 2024
September 5, 2024
October 3, 2024
November 7, 2024
November 21, 2024
December 5, 2024
January 9, 2025*


The Human Studies Subcommittee / Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a component of the Research and Development (R&D) Committee. The R&D Committee and the IRB have been entrusted with the responsibility of insuring that research at the VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System is conducted under the most rigorous ethical standards in order to assure the protection of the rights, welfare, and safety of the Veteran patients under our care. Approval of a project by the IRB indicates conformity with the Federal Guidelines for Studies Involving Human Subjects known as the "Common Rule." Copies of the VHA Directive 1200.05, Requirements for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research and the Federal Policy for Protection of Human Subjects; Notices and Rules, and local policies are available through the IRB.

2024 IRB Meeting Schedule

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  • IRB meets the second Thursday of each month from 12:00pm to 2:00pm

  • ** Special Meeting Date **

  • Submissions for review at a Board meeting must be submitted sixty (60) days prior to the meeting in which the action is to be reviewed.

  • IRB submissions MUST BE COMPLETE - including all appropriate signatures.

  • All NEW studies must be submitted in VAIRRS/IRBNet and undergo an internal review process before being eligible for IRB review. The timeline for this process varies, so there is no set deadline for submitting new studies in order to get them reviewed or approved by a certain date. The Research Office recommends submitting studies as early as possible.

Definition of Research

Human Subject Protection Education (CITI Training)

Federal Wide Assurance Number (FWA): 00004231

For assistance with Privacy and Confidentiality, contact:

Privacy Officers*

Confidentiality Information Systems Security Officer*

For more information, contact:

IRB Administrator (216) 791-3800 x64650

IRB 2024 Meeting Dates
January 11, 2024
February 08, 2024
March 14, 2024
April 11, 2024
May 09, 2024
June 13, 2024
July 11, 2024
August 08, 2024
September 12, 2024
October 10, 2024
November 14, 2024
December 12, 2024


The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is a subcommittee of the R&D Committee. The membership of the IACUC is comprised of scientists with related animal expertise, non-scientific members, and non-affiliated members who are representative of both the scientific and lay community. The IACUC is responsible for overseeing the institution's animal care and use program, which includes the facilities, procedures, Animal Component of Research Protocol (ACORP) approval, and a semi-annual program and facility review. The IACUC is responsible for reviewing and approving all animal work as it relates to the laws, regulations, and policies applicable to research conducted at the VA or its affiliate. The review includes the following:

  • the scientific merit of the study as it relates to the use of animals

  • the appropriateness of the species selected

  • all procedures performed meet the criteria for safe and humane treatment of animals

  • all procedures performed, housing, and use of animals meet the regulations set forth by all applicable agencies

  • all justifications for the use of, and alternative searches for, appropriate alternatives to animal use are met

  • all personnel who work with animals are adequately trained.  Each ACORP must be approved by the IACUC prior to work beginning.

2024 IACUC Meeting Schedule

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IACUC 2024 Meeting Dates
January 24, 2024
February 27, 2024
March 26, 2024
April 23, 2024
May 28, 2024
June 25, 2024
July 23, 2024
August 27, 2024
September 24, 2024
October 22, 2024
November 26, 2024
December 24, 2024
January 28, 2025


The Subcommittee on Research Safety and Security (SRSS) is a subcommittee of the Research and Development Committee (R&D). The membership of the SRSS includes staff with related safety expertise who are representative of the geographic makeup of the Medical Research Service.


The SRSS is responsible for coordinating the safety program in all research areas, reviewing written safety plans, procedures involving biohazards, biological and chemical waste, research safety SOPs, training manuals and Research Protocol Safety Surveys for all VA and non-VA funded research protocols. Regardless of funding source, all protocols must be reviewed and approved by this committee prior to implementation.


2024 SRSS Meeting Schedule

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SRSS meets the second Wednesday of each month from 2:00pm to 3:00pm.


For additional information, contact:
Research Safety Coordinator

2024 SRSS Meeting Dates
January 10th, 2024
February 14th, 2024
March 13th, 2024
April 10th, 2024
May 8th, 2024
June 12th, 2024
July 10th, 2024
August 14th, 2024
September 11th, 2024
October 9th, 2024
November 13th, 2024
December 11th, 2024

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