Regulatory Assistance

Do you need regulatory assistance?

Research Project Navigators work with the CTSI’s Regulatory Knowledge and Support Program to help researchers understand and meet many regulatory and compliance requirements including:


Office of Clinical Research Including submissions formerly handled by the Research Administration and Compliance (RAC) office


IND and IDE applicability and submissions

Navigators can assist with:

  • Determination of product classification (i.e., drug, device, combination product, biologic)
  • Applicability of an IND or IDE
  • Assistance with submission of an IND or IDE application
  • Preparation, coordination, facilitation, and attendance at FDA meetings
  • Preparation for regulatory support during FDA inspections of investigator-sponsored clinical trials
  • Provide information about new guidance documents, inspection trends, inspection actions and new regulatory actions taken by FDA relating to clinical trials

Investigational Device Exemption (IDE)

Contact Sheila Austin,, 352.273.8702 for assistance with your IDE application.


Office of Clinical Research, IRB and services

Tiered support services help investigators navigate the complexities of preparing submissions for UF Institutional Review Boards (IRB)  and the Office of Clinical Research (including submissions formerly handled by the Research Administration and Compliance office). The program can also advise investigators on compliance with requirements. The new Office of Clinical Research is streamlining processes and workflows for clinical research.

Support is available to anyone, from the novice researcher to the experienced investigator, for any step of the process. Initial consultations are always free, and hands-on support for any component of the IRB process is available on a fee-for-service basis. Contact any of the specialists listed below with questions about IRB or submission preparation.


Sheila Austin, MS, CIP

Regulatory Specialist
(352) 273-8702

Tiffany Pineda

Research Project Navigator
(352) 273-5132