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Human Subjects Division (HSD)


Easier and Faster Access to Funding

Apr 15, 2013 at 8:10am

Effective May 1, 2013

Impact on researchers: Easier and faster access to funding for certain types of funding awards.

Funding for human subjects research cannot be released by OSP until the researcher has obtained one of these from HSD: IRB approval; exempt status; or a Limited Activities Determination (LAD).

NEW POLICY: Recent federal clarification makes it possible for us to expand the types of grants that are eligible for a LAD determination.  This is great news for researchers, because the LAD form is short, easy to complete, and quick for HSD to review.  The specific changes are:

1. NEW NAME: Delayed Onset Human Research (DOHR).

We know that name changes can be annoying, but the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently started using the label "Delayed Onset Human Research" for this type of determination.  Using the same label as NIH should ease the use of this mechanism for releasing funds.


The LAD was limited to research that required significant development work prior to involvement of human subjects.  Now, researchers can obtain a DOHR determination (and thereby obtain access to funds right away) for these additional types of awards. (a) award mechanisms whose only human subjects research is funding for small projects or trainees that will be selected and funded by the awardee; and (b) clinical research networks or consortia that will create protocols over the course of the award.


The LAD was limited to federal funding administered through OSP.  The DOHR has been expanded to include funding from non-federal entities administered through OSP (except when specifically not allowed by the award conditions).


The DOHR Application process is the same as the LAD process: complete the short simple form; HSD makes a quick determination; HSD sends the researcher a memo to be submitted to OSP and then to the funding agency.

The information will be uploaded to the HSD website on Friday, April 26th. Watch your email inbox for the HSD eNews.