The Texas State Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is charged with overseeing and evaluating all aspects of the care and use of vertebrate animals for research or instructional purposes.
ALL use of vertebrate animals by Texas State University faculty, staff and students MUST be covered by a current protocol approval from the IACUC.
The Bobcat Online Protocol (BOP) system integrates application submission, review, tracking, and communication in addition to providing researchers with secure permanent access to their approved protocols.
Just the basics. This takes you through the six steps required to start and save a new protocol application.
Brief (most are less than one minute) video screenshot tutorials that focus on key aspects of starting, submitting, and managing a protocol in the system such as logging in, navigation, creating an application, accessing applications in process, using the messaging center, and checking protocol status.
No, you will use your regular Texas State Net ID and password.
Yes. The new system incorporates all of the questions from the previous forms but uses conditional branching. Depending on how they answer the initial questions — type of project, source of animals used, etc.— the subsequent questions applicants are presented with will vary.
Click on the section headings at the top of the page to move back and forth. The heading of the section you're currently is hightlighted in yellow. Sections you've previously visited are marked with a red diamond.
Required questions will be flagged in red by the system and must be completed before the application can be submitted.
Anything that's relevant to your application, such as CITI training certificate for project personnel, wildlife permits or licenses, MOUs with collaborating institutions, external protocols, etc.
Click on the "Submit Protocol for Review" button. The status of the application will change from "In Progress" to "Submitted."
The dates you entered are still there but the fields "Valid Start Date" and "Valid End Date" will display the date '1/1/1900' until the IACUC approves the project. This is because the IACUC may require modifications to the original project period. After approval, the "Valid Start Date" and "Valid End Date" fields will contain the dates approved by the IACUC.
There are two ways of tracking your application through the review and approval process:
When you first start an application, the status will be "Submission in Progress." It will change to "Submitted" after you submit it, then to "In Review" when the committee is considering it. If changes are requested, the status will be "In Revision," then change to "Revision Received" after you edit and submit the requested changes. The final application status will be "Approved" or "Not Approved."
Log in, click on "View and Edit Existing Applications," then "Details," then "Preview & Print Application" from the top menu
Log in. You'll notice your application status has changed to "In Revision." That unlocks the application and allows you to make changes. Click on "View and Edit Existing Applications," then "Details," then "Edit Application" from the top menu. When you finish your revisions, click on "Submit Protocol for Review."