Office of Animal Welfare

New Investigators

If you are a new Principal Investigator (PI) at the UW and wondering what you need to do to start a new protocol at the UW, this is the best place to start.

See below for a quick step-by-step guide for starting a new animal use protocol.

Step 1: Determine if you need an IACUC protocol

If you are uncertain, contact OAWRSS or call the office at (206) 685-7363.

If yes, proceed to Step 2.

Step 2: Getting started

Once you have established that you need a protocol, call or email OAWRSS (email and phone above) and provide the following information:

  • PI Name
  • PI Department
  • PI UW NetID
  • Species
  • Have you worked with animals before?
  • General description of the project you are proposing
  • If there are/will be associated grants
  • Will you be collaborating with other UW PIs?

If you aren’t sure who can be a PI, see the definition below!

Once we receive this information, we will set you up with an OAW Liaison who can assist you with getting started and throughout the protocol review process.

Step 3: Complete your training

Before any animal work can be conducted on a project, all individuals involved must complete at least the following basic trainings:

  • Animal Use Medical Screening
  • Animal Use Laws and Regulations

Species specific handling may also be required before animal work is conducted depending on the species you are working with.

Step 4: Create and submit your protocol in HoverBoard

When you are ready to start, create and submit your protocol in HoverBoard. OAWRSS staff will be available to assist you with getting started and will be in contact with you throughout the approval process.

Who can be a Principal Investigator?

The Principal Investigator (PI) is an individual who is designated and given the authority by a University department, school, or administrative unit to direct the research program or project. The PI has the scientific and technical direction for the research. The PI has the responsibility and authority to enforce regulations and policies related to research, animal welfare, and worker safety. This includes ensuring that the facilities are appropriate for the research conducted and for ensuring that personnel who will be involved with the project are trained.