Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

Georgia Aquarium maintains a Class R research license and an independent committee to evaluate animal welfare and ethics surrounding our research programs. The IACUC is responsible for the oversight of Georgia Aquarium’s animal care and use in teaching and research. It is a federally regulated committee that reports to the Institutional Officer and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

IACUC responsibilities include:

  • Review, evaluate, and approve research proposals for animal welfare and ethics 
  • Full review of the institution’s animal care and use program and an inspection of animal facilities every 6 months. 
  • Review animal care and use concerns surrounding research activities and investigate, if warranted.  
  • Continued monitoring of ongoing activities involving the care and use of the animals for teaching and research. 
  • Local, state, and federal reporting as required.

Research conducted with Georgia Aquarium must be aligned with the aquarium’s strategic goals, Research Policy, and Protocol Approval Standard Conditions. If you have any questions or concerns about Georgia Aquarium’s animal care and use program, please contact the Animal Welfare Committee Chair or the IACUC at

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Conducting Research at Georgia Aquarium

If you are interested in partnering with Georgia Aquarium on a research project, please reach out to the Research and Conservation Department to discuss the feasibility of the proposed project and whether it aligns with the aquarium’s research goals before submitting a proposal to the IACUC. You can reach the Research and Conservation Department at Georgia Aquarium at: 


Submissions to the IACUC 


Once you have completed the IACUC application documents, submit all applicable sections electronically to Investigators should allow ample time for the processing of their request through both the Research & Conservation Department and IACUC at Georgia Aquarium, paying close attention to the deadlines below: 


Submission Deadline Review Date 
December 31, 2022 January 2023 
February 28, 2023 March 2023 
April 28, 2023 May 2023 
June 30, 2023 July 2023 
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