Protocol Development Materials
Below you will find information on ‘best practices’ for writing your protocol or significant change documents. Following these tips can result in a speedier review turnaround. We have also provided guides on how to calculate the number animals needed for your research and to minimize the number of animals used.
If you are a new Principal Investigator, please look at our New PI Information/FAQs page
The OAW also offers drop in hours for protocol assistance on Mondays from 1-3pm and Wednesdays from 10am–12pm.How do I write an effective Project Review form?
This document provides tips on information you should include in your PRF. Including this information in your first submission reduces the number of questions and clarifications a reviewer will have and this decreases the overall review turnaround time. Download
How do I write an effective Significant Change form?
This document specifies the necessary information you need to include in your significant change document to reduce the number of questions and clarifications a reviewer will have and this decreases the overall review turnaround time. Download
How do I determine animal numbers?
This document provides tips for justifying the number of animals to be included in your protocol. You will find free resources for conducting power analyses and an explanation of why this is important. Download
How can I minimize the number of animals?
The Variable-Criteria Sequential Stopping Rule
This article reviews and provides detailed examples for using the variable-criteria sequential stopping rule to minimize the number of animals required for statistical significance and repeatability in planned animal experiments. Download
Additional Guidelines Ethics and Animal Numbers
Informal Analyses, Uncertain Sample Sizes, Inefficient Replications & Type I Errors
Improved Stopping Rules for the Design of Small Sample Experiments
This article proposes a simple and efficient sequential stopping rule (SSR) that should augment the usual null hypothesis significance test in many experiments in the biomedical and biobehavioral sciences. SSR methods should be of interest to ethics bodies governing research when it is desirable to limit the number of subjects tested, such as in studies of pain, experimental disease, or surgery with animal or human subjects. Download
Variable Criteria Sequential Stopping Rules
Generality To Unequal Sample Sizes, Unequal Variances, or Large ANOVA