Working with the IACUC: Update Regarding NSF Awardees

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The NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to ensure consistent and effective oversight of the welfare of animals used in activities funded by the NSF. For details, please refer to the Notice of Memorandum of Understanding Between NIH and NSF Concerning Laboratory Animal Welfare. Effective October 1, 2015, institutions receiving NSF support must:

  • Include NSF-supported activities with live vertebrate animals as covered activities in their OLAW Animal Welfare Assurance (Assurance); and
  • Promptly report situations involving NSF-supported animal activities to OLAW as required by the Public Health Service (PHS) Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (Policy) Section IV.F.3.


CITI Program modules undergo regular peer review to ensure that all content is current and accurate. In accordance with the above noted announcement, the CITI Program has updated the basic Working with the IACUC course to reflect this change. For questions, please contact the CITI Program Help Desk at