PHS Policy and the NIH Grants Policy Statement (Part II, Terms and Conditions) require institutions to verify, before award, that the IACUC has reviewed and approved those components of grant applications and contract proposals related to the care and use of animals.  The process is referred to as “Congruency Review” and is performed by the UNC Office of Animal Care & Use (OACU) which serves as the administrative office for the IACUC.

Excerpt from section “Verification of IACUC Approval” of the NIH Grants Policy Statement:

“It is an institutional responsibility to ensure that the research described in the application is congruent with any corresponding protocols approved by the IACUC.”

The following funding agencies require Congruency Review:

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • All NIH subdivisions (e.g. NCI, NHLBI, NIAID, NIDDKD, NIAAA, etc.)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • US Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS)
  • USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture
  • American Heart Association (AHA)
  • American Cancer Society (ACS)
  • Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
  • March of Dimes (MOD)
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF)

This list will be updated if/when other agencies adopt the requirement.