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OVPRI Human Subject Research Protection Blog

The VCU Human Research Protection Program is dedicated to facilitating ethically and scientifically sound research through robust review of research projects and through effective education and outreach to the VCU research community.

Effective November 1, 2021, all human subjects research protocols using confidential or regulated data (i.e., category 1 data) are required to have an approved Data Management Plan (DMP) utilizing VCU’s Data Management System (DMS). 

Researchers must create, submit, and receive approval for the Data Management Plan prior to submitting to the IRB.  DMPs are evaluated and approved through a separate review process by data stewards with Technology Services. 

The RAMS-IRB application currently requests creation of a DMP and enforcement of the Data Management Plan requirement will begin on November 1, 2021.

To learn about the new  requirement and how to use the Data Management System to develop a Data Management Plan, please attend a training and review the guidance materials below.

Upcoming trainings are scheduled for the following dates:

Friday, October 15, 2021, 1:00 pm; register here:

Monday, October 18, 2021, 10:00 am; register here:

Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 4:00 pm; register here:

Thursday, October 21, 2021, 9:00 am; register here:–hqDMqG9QAPTt5_lelj9EnxOgaGPdl

Monday, October 25, 2021, 11:00 am; register here: 

Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 2:00 pm; register here:

Guidance Materials:

The Technology Services website has instructional videos and guides on the use of the Data Management System, including the following topics:

Categories IRB Education and Training, News and Updates, Presentations
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