Office of Research Protections

The Office of Research Protections partners with researchers to ensure that all Villanova scientific research involving human participants, vertebrate animals and biohazards is safe, ethically sound and compliant with all applicable federal, state and local regulations and University policies. It also offers guidance to researchers and oversees the review process related to financial conflicts of interest in research.

The Office provides the necessary research-related support—including workshops, training and compliance assistance—to faculty, scientists, staff and students engaged in research at Villanova.

Our team works closely with and provides administrative support to the various presidential committees that approve research at Villanova and the institutional officials with responsibility for such research. Each committee is comprised of members of the faculty and community representatives as mandated by federal regulations.

The Office’s responsibilities are strongly aligned with the University’s mission of excellence and distinction in the discovery, dissemination and application of knowledge, and its commitments to moral reflection and respect.

The research administration infrastructure at Villanova is growing!

2019 Open House - Office of Research Protections invites all investigators, scholars, students, and staff working with human subjects/ animal subjects and biological materials for Open House meetings at the times and dates listed below-

Dates: March 29, April 5, 12, 26 
Time: 12-4 pm
Host: Dr. Rani Muthukrishnan, Director, Office of Research Protections and staff

You are welcome to bring your new projects for discussion, share your experiences and concerns about the IRB/ IACUC/ IBC process or seek additional resources to complete your application. The open house will be useful for new investigators and seasoned investigators at Villanova University. All your feedback and requests will be considered in developing programmatic improvements and updates.

Write to or to schedule your 30-minute meeting with the time and date. Office of Research Protections will do the very best accommodate all requests for meetings during this period.


Meeting     Month         Deadline for Protocol Submission by PI   Monthly Meeting Date for Protocol Review
Jan. 2019 Monday  12/17/18 1/25/2019
Feb. 2019 Wednesday 1/30/19 2/22/2019
March 2019 Wednesday 2/27/19 3/22/2019
April 2019 Wednesday 3/27/19 4/26/2019
May 2019 Wednesday 4/24/19 5/24/2019
June 2019 Wednesday 5/29/19  
July 2019 Wednesday 6/26/19  
Aug. 2019 Wednesday 7/31/19  
Sept. 2019 Wednesday 8/28/19  
Oct. 2019 Wednesday 9/25/19  
Nov. 2019 Wednesday 10/30/19  
Dec. 2019 Wednesday 11/27/19  

Contact Information

Research Administration Offices

Middleton Hall Rm 1st
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

Office of Grants & Contracts 

For questions, contact or 610-519-4220.

Office of Research Protections

For IRB, IACUC or IBC questions, contact  or 610-519-4228

To report Compliance Issues call EthicsPoint Hotline toll free 1-855-236-1443 or email