Forms and Instructions

The NIH Guidelines are a set of regulations governing safe basic and clinical research with recombinant or synthetic nucleic acids and biological agents. The failure to adhere to them may result in suspension of NIH funding to an individual PI or the entire institution. The Guidelines apply to all recombinant nucleic acid activities at an institution where any work with recombinant nucleic acids receives NIH funding.

In accordance with NIH’s Office of Science Policy regulations, all biological research must be reviewed and approved by the IBC. Principal investigators (PIs) are required to submit an application to use recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules, potentially infectious agents, select agents and toxins, and/or human or non-human primate blood, fluids, tissues, and/or cell lines prior to the initiation of research.

Application forms are provided below and must be submitted to the IBC Office at to initiate the review process. For any questions, please contact the IBC Office at or at (781) 736-8136.

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Biological Research Registration (for new or de Novo applications)

Please complete this Registration if you plan on using any of the following in your research and/or teaching activities at Brandeis University:

  • Recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules;
  • Potentially infectious agents;
  • Select agents and toxins;
  • Human or non-human primate blood, fluids, tissues, and/or cell lines

The Registration is designed to provide both a broad and deep description of the biological research that you conduct in your lab. Through this description, the Brandeis Institutional Biosafety Committee will be able to understand the risks that your research poses to research personnel and to the environment, and will be able to review your work to ensure that proper safeguards are in place to mitigate those risks. Additionally, this Registration will document how your research fits within the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules (NIH Guidelines).

Approval for a Biological Research Registration is valid for five years from the date of approval and is specific to the research listed on your Registration.

IBC Modification Form

All modifications to currently approved research require IBC review and approval prior to implementation. Administrative modifications are reviewed by the IBC Office and any scientific modifications require the Committee's review at a meeting with a quorum of members.

Please Note: If there is a significant alteration in the direction or scope of this research, the submission of a new Biological Research Registration may be necessary. Please contact the IBC Office ( for evaluation.

IBC Annual Update Form
In order to ensure that your biological research records remain current and in compliance with NIH/OSP guidelines, please complete this form electronically and return it to once per year as requested by the IBC Office.