IBC Applications

IBC applications are available online in Word files (.doc). For rich text files (.rtf), email ORP-Biosafety@psu.edu.  All required trainings must be completed before approval can be granted and must be updated annually.

Instructions to Submit

  • Click on the appropriate application linked below.

  • Save the document locally (i.e., desktop, hard drive, etc.) - applications that are completed while online will not be saved. Save your document at routine intervals and when complete to prevent information loss.

  • Click within the space provided on application and type in the complete answers.

  • After completing and again locally saving the form, click on the ‘SEND TO THE ORP' link at the bottom of the application to email the ORP. The correct address (ORP-Biosafety@psu.edu) is automatically entered into the e-mail. All submissions MUST be sent from the Principal Investigator's Penn State email account (i.e., xyz123@psu.edu).

  • Attach the application to the e-mail and click SEND.


Use of DNA and RNA Molecules

All recombinant DNA (rDNA) activities at Penn State require submission to the IBC. Some rDNA activities (those exempt from the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules) may be submitted via this Prescreening Questionnaire. Others require submission of the IBC's full application. Use the Prescreening Questionnaire to determine: (1) whether the activities involve recombinant DNA (rDNA) techniques and (2) the required method of submission. Note: Answering "yes" to any of the Prescreening Questionnaire questions automatically requires you to submit a full application.


The following appendices are meant only for use WITH the application for the Use of Biohazardous Materials