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Research at Boston College

Area Updates

FALL 2015

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Office for Research Protections (ORP)


The Office for Research Protections (ORP) has made several significant changes. ORP transitioned to CyberIRB on October 1, 2015. All IRB applications are now being submitted online at CyberIRB training videos, including a previously recorded webinar that was held in September, can be found in CyberIRB. A complete CyberIRB User Manual and a CyberIRB Quick Start Guide is available on the ORP website /research/oric/human.html.

ORP launched a Facebook page: Boston College IRB. The BC IRB Facebook page contains a wealth of helpful information about ORP, IRB, CyberIRB and updates to the IRB application process.

In response to the retiring of MyFiles, ORP met with Research Services to discuss possible alternatives for storing human subjects data. BC IRB will accept the following methods for storing human subjects data: (1) Google drive with cloud lock (Faculty only), (2) RedCap, (3) Departmental servers if on encrypted "S" drive (4) Data Archive and (5) Linux Cluster. More information can be found on the Boston College IRB Facebook page, BC_IRB twitter account and the ORP website.


Office of Technology Transfer & Licensing (OTTL)


The Office of Technology Transfer & Licensing (OTTL) and BC Law School introduced in September a one-year legal fellowship opportunity for Law School Graduates in OTTL. In support of the program, OTTL Director Dr. Jason Wen also delivered a lecture in a Law School class on November 4 as a guest speaker.

To promote research and innovation at BC, OTTL Director Dr. Jason Wen drafted and proposed a Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) Proceeds Distribution Policy as an addition to our current IP Policy. Such newly approved MTA Policy covers all MTA income and is a practical incentive to all BC faculty and employees. For example, MTA income of $5,000 or less shall be distributed 100% to the inventor(s) or creator(s). Review OTTL's policies and documentation ยป