Get Involved

Ways to Get Involved

From conferences to committees to online content, our programming wouldn’t function without your support. Volunteering with PRIM&R is a great way to get involved and be a leader in the research ethics community. Some volunteer commitments are large, others small, but all are vital to our shared mission. Below you'll find a list of our current volunteer opportunities. 

Draft a guest post for our blog, Ampersand, about a topic of your choice that's in alignment with PRIM&R's mission. For example, you might write about your work or share practical tips and tools with our community. Blog posts are typically 400–600 words and are usually written in a casual style. For more information on guest blogging, please take a look at our guest blogging procedure and our guest blogging agreement.

Estimated time commitment: Three to four hours per contribution.

Submit a Guest Blog Application

PRIM&R hosts a poster program at each of our annual conferecnes highlighting scientific or programmatic posters and promoting interdisciplinary sharing and collaboration, and the exchange of ideas, information, and practical strategies for managing the many challenges faced by research professionals. We invite those conducting empirical research in the fields of human subjects protections and animal care and use, or those who have implemented a program to improve the functioning of their institution's research review committe to submit abstracts.

For more information on submitting a poster abstract, please visit the conference web page for the event at which you’re interested in presenting a poster.

*All poster abstract submissions will be considered for the Pillars of PRIM&R Outstanding Poster Award. Poster authors may also have the opportunity to share their research/program on PRIM&R's blog.

Estimated time commitment: Three to four hours to prepare the initial abstract, plus the actual presentation time at the conference if your abstract is selected by the planning committee

Committees are an important part of PRIM&R’s leadership. Committee seats are announced as they become open. To find out if a particular committee is accepting applicants, check out your most recent issue of PRIM&R This Week or the PRIM&R Member Newsletter. Please note, most committee calls for applicants are open near the end of each calendar year.

At each of PRIM&R's annual conferences, we may seek volunteers to assist with event preparation, networking opportunities, first-time attendee orientation, and more. For more detailed information about open volunteer opportunities, vist the webpage for the conference you plan to attend.

In the past, these opportunities have included things like:

  • Conference greeter
  • First-time attendee breakfast discussion facilitator
  • Exhibit booth attendant
  • Walk/run leader

 We want to learn more about our dedicated members' experiences in the field. If you are interested in sharing your story with the PRIM&R community, please send us an email and we will send you a member interview to complete. Your responses, as well as a headshot and a brief bio, will be posted on our blog, Ampersand.

Estimated time commitment: One to two hours to complete interview

 Provide advice and guidance to, and share knowledge with, colleagues in the field of human or animal research oversight. Help prepare the next generation of leaders or collaborate with another PRIM&R member in a similar professional role by joining our Mentoring Program. Start by filling out our Mentoring Program survey to identify your personal areas of interest, institution type, and goals for the future. Based on this information, PRIM&R staff will match you with another member from our community. 

Estimated time commitment: One to three hours per month

 Submit book or article reviews, informative features, or professional milestones for publication in our monthly PRIM&R Member Newsletter. Feature articles should be no more than 500 words and present information that may be of interest to PRIM&R members. Please note: articles must be submitted by the first Friday of each month in order to be considered publication for that month’s newsletter. Interested? Contact us to discuss article ideas.

Estimated time commitment: Two to three hours per contribution

 Plan and execute a networking event with PRIM&R Regional Connections to collaborate with colleagues who work nearby. Past events have included networking receptions, book groups, short lectures, and policy discussions. PRIM&R offers funding, from $250-$1000, to help defray the cost of these events, and will work with you throughout the planning process. Learn more on our Regional Connections page.

Estimated time commitment: One to four months of planning, preparation, and follow-up, in addition to hosting the event itself

Share the resources you use every day to help other research ethics professionals do their jobs more effectively! Post tools, templates, worksheets, checklists, flowcharts, forms, and standard operating procedures from your institution to PRIM&R's Resource Library.

To submit content for consideration fill out this form.

Estimated time commitment: Half an hour per submission

Ready to Help?

Interested in these or other volunteer opportunities? Contact the membership team to get started.