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Animal Use Research Requirements

Research involving vertebrate animals requires submission of a completed and signed Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) Animal Use Appendix for Research Involving Animals. If your Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)-approved protocol includes ONLY those activities described in your ONR proposal, then the abbreviated version can be used. However, if your IACUC-approved protocol includes activities beyond the scope of the ONR proposal and/or activities funded by other agencies or groups, then the full version must be used.

Additional documentation is required with submission of the appendix, including:

  • Copy of the animal use protocol approved by your IACUC
  • Documentation of protocol approval from your IACUC (e.g., IACUC approval letter)
  • Copy of the institution’s most recent U.S. Department of Agriculture Inspection Report for captive animal work, if applicable

Please submit documentation as a .pdf via or to your ONR program manager via email.

All required documents must be submitted concurrent with the research proposal. For assistance with these requirements, contact Ms. Suzanne May at

For animal use requirements that are applicable to marine mammal studies, please see Marine Mammal Animal Use Requirements.