UW Research

Glossary of Terms and Acronyms


Veterans Administration Review information: Proposal submission to Veterans Affairs Affiliated and Collaborating Institutions – Veterans Affairs of Puget Sound


Veterans Administration Puget Sound Health Care System

vulnerable populations

Groups of subjects who may be at higher risk for effects of undue influence or coercion on their decision about whether to participate in a research…


Washington Administrative Code

waiver of consent

According to federal regulations, researchers may not involve a human being as a subject in research unless they have obtained the “legally effective informed consent of…

waiver of documentation of consent

Federal regulations require a researcher to document that the research participants have provided informed consent. This is typically accomplished by signing a consent form. However, the…

waiver of HIPAA authorization

A request for permission to access, obtain, use or disclose a research subject’s Protected Health Information (PHI) for research purposes without obtaining the subject’s specific authorization…

Wassenaar Arrangement

This agreement between Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland,…


Washington Innovation Advantage Program


Washington State Institutional Review Board (located in Olympia and used for research with state agencies such as DSHS, DoH and L&I)