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You may be interested in the below announcement from the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) regarding a new online training module.

Contact the ARC administrative team if you have questions about when to seek ARC approval for your grant submission, what in the grant needs to be covered by your protocol, what to do if the animal work will not be conducted any time soon, and more.

New Vertebrate Animals Section (VAS) Online Training Module

We are pleased to announce the development and availability of an online training module on the Vertebrate Animals Section (VAS) in grant applications.

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A completed VAS is required for PHS-supported research using live vertebrate animals. In 2016, the VAS was simplified from five to three required criteria. Do you, as an investigator or a reviewer, know what’s currently required and what’s no longer required?

We want to assist investigators and reviewers in recognizing both the required components of the VAS and the components that are no longer required, with the goals of:

  • increasing the number of applications deemed acceptable
  • reducing time spent submitting and reviewing extraneous information

This interactive module can be completed in 20 – 30 minutes and includes:

  • an overview of the requirements
  • a checklist for applicants and reviewers
  • detailed instructions

For more information, visit the OLAW website on the VAS.