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The Office of Research employs the online TOPAZ Technology system for the protocol submission, review and approval processes for the Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects (CPHS) and for the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). Therefore, all faculty, staff and students who are currently, or are planning to use animals or human subjects must log on to submit their applications to the respective committee. The Office of Research communicates the decision of all research compliance committees to the investigator via the TOPAZ system, hard copy and/or e-mail. For inquiries about TOPAZ or to request access, contact Ms. Rhonni E. Dixon, Project Coordinator, at, or at 713-313-4301.

***NEW*** Small Group/Individualized Sessions

TOPAZ Training sessions are now being offered for individuals and groups of no more than three persons. The sessions will be held in Hannah Hall, and the times vary. Once users meet the criteria for the individualized/small group training, registration will be made available. You may click on the "Small Group/Individual Training sessions" link below to determine if you and your device will meet the criterion (computer specifications and competency) for the session.

Computer criteria:

  • have your own laptop with the following:
    - Windows 7 or later operating system
    - Internet Explorer 11 or later
    - Microsoft Silverlight plug-in installed and enabled
    - be able to access the internet through Wi-Fi

Computer competency

  • You must know how to access the internet through Wi-Fi.
  • You must successfully pass the competency quiz.


Below are pertinent links and documents relating to TOPAZ.

Below are some Frequently Asked Questions: