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Applying For Research At The CPRC

The Caribbean Primate Research Center (CPRC), University of Puerto Rico (UPR)-Medical Science Campus (MSC) has resources and research opportunities available for local and international researchers interested in working with non-human primates. The CPRC intends to support investigators who receive their primary project funding from NIH. However, researchers who are funded by other federal, state, local agency, or the private sector can also apply for conducting research. The CPRC Research Advisory Committee (RAC) evaluates all research proposals submitted to the Center. Once proposals are evaluated and approved by RAC, they will have to be submitted and approved by the UPR-MSC Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). 

Availability of funds for proposed research does not ensure approval by the involved oversight and support committees. Researchers are expected to establish communication with CPRC directorship via letter of intent which would be followed up with a preliminary letter of support on behalf of the CPRC directorship. These steps must be followed before soliciting research funds. Final approval of proposed research is completely dependent on the CPRC directorship.


Contact information: CPRC Director, Dr. Melween Martinez

Research Advisory Committee (RAC) Meetings:
The 30th of each month. Proposals need to be submitted by the 15th in order to be reviewed at the end of the month.   There is no meeting in December.


UPR-MSC Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC):

Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC):

All applicants should follow the CPRC’s facility-specific research protocols:

Research at the Cayo Santiago Field Station

Research at Sabana Seca Field Station

Research at Laboratory of Primate Morphology