A1.2150 Administrative and Fiscal Affairs: Budget Process
Administrative and Fiscal Affairs (AFA) is a support unit directly responsible to the VPR, which provides executive management and general administrative and support services for all units assigned to the VPR. Specific responsibilities are to initiate, coordinate, and manage fiscal activities associated with UK Research including human resource services, budget processes, equipment and resource allocation and inventory, and capital planning and space allocation.
AFA carries out all UK budgetary policies and procedures following general University procedures with The Board of Trustees having the ultimate and exclusive authority for the approval of all budgets (Administrative Regulation AR 1:4 Planning, Budgeting, and Assessment Cycle). The ORI and the IRB, through the ORI, receive budget support primarily from research support funds.
A1.2200 Office of Research Information Services
The Office of Research Information Services supports the computing and networking infrastructure for all units responsible to the VPR, including support of the Medical and Nonmedical IRB committees. The specific responsibility with regard to the HRPP is to respond to ORI requests for IRB and ORI computing resources to support the review process. These include IRB application system needs analysis and enhancement, equipment procurement and installation, user support, and communication of institutional policies on information technology use. In addition, the Director of Research IS or designee works closely with the ORI in ongoing systems enhancements to facilitate efficient data management and documentation of all HRPP records. The Director, with input from the IRB and ORI, makes recommendations to the VPR on systems development, and serves as a liaison between the UK HRPP and any consultants contracted to develop technology infrastructure supporting research review.
A1.2250 PLANS TO MAXIMIZE COMPLIANCE WITH THE HUMAN RESEARCH PROTECTION PROGRAM
UK is committed to continuous improvement in its human research protections and to ensuring compliance with the regulations, policies, procedures and standards that are the foundation for the plan. The UK research enterprise is a dynamic component of the institution. Research growth fluctuations, shifting research focuses, and changes in federal regulation are critical factors that mandate provisions to monitor the volume and nature of human research conducted at UK in order to assure that the HRPP is functioning effectively. UK has instituted additional provisions to assess and facilitate compliance with the HRPP on an ongoing basis to assist units and personnel engaged in human research protections. These include education programs, quality assurance/improvement programs and procedures, and established mechanisms for obtaining feedback from diverse constituents in the human research program.
A1.2300 Education Initiatives
The foundation for the effective implementation of all facets of the HRPP and for efforts to promote compliance with HRPP requirements lies in a comprehensive mandatory education program for investigators/study personnel, IRB members, administrators, and research support staff. The ORI and CCTS conduct ongoing education programs and maintain training materials on the ethical conduct of human research within federal, state, and institutional regulations and