Research Enhancement & Regulatory Services
Mission and Responsibilities
The mission of the Department of Research Enhancement and Regulatory Services (RERS)
of the Office of Research is two-fold in the responsibility to ensure research compliance
with internal policies and federal governing agency regulations, and the responsibility
to provide an environment that supports research advancements for the research community
of Texas Southern University (TSU).
The achievement of university goals are supported via the following RERS functions:
- Coordinates and oversees the award and procurement processes for internal seed
grants, start up funds and travel grants. Relative to faculty development research
award processes, the department provides oversight for and facilitates the
activities of the Faculty Development Committee, and the University Research
Committee. The faculty development grant programs support university goals
by providing research support to students, faculty and staff.
- Manages and provides administrative support and facilitates the activities of
the University Research Compliance Committees (URCC’s). The URCC’s include the
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, the Committee for Protection of
Human Subjects, the Radiation Safety Committee, the Chemical Safety Committee
and the Bio-safety Committee.
- Serves as liaison between researchers and the (URCC’s), and facilitates and
coordinates the protocol submission, review and management processes. In this
regard, the RERS is responsible for screening all protocols presented to the
committee to recommend the protocol for non review, expedited review or full
committee review. RERS also serves as liaison between the URCC’s, the Provost,
Deans, faculty members and students.
- Ascertains that all federally required inspections, evaluations and program
reviews are conducted and that all internal and external reporting is done efficiently
and effectively. To this end, the operations of the Animal Care Facilities
in the Spurgeon Gray Hall Pharmacy building and the TSU Science Building are
managed by the RERS.
- Coordinates faculty development URCC workshops, seminars, training sessions
and research enhancement programs such as, the annual Research Week Program.