How do you apply for approval?
Please note: This is a new process as of July 19, 2018. Please read the information below for more information.
All human subjects research proposals require review by the IRB. See below for information about each type of application. All applications contain submission directions on the form and should be submitted to [email protected]. All students must have their application approved and signed by their faculty sponsor before submission to the IRB Committee.
Note: Prior to applying, please complete the required training for Human Subjects Research. See our Training page for more details.
Step #1: Determine the appropriate level of review. Investigators may utilize the Interactive Application Selector to determine whether your project qualifies as Exempt and to point you to the appropriate application form. Additionally, you may reference the Exemption Category Definition Sheet and the Exemption Category Determination Flow Chart to see if your research project can be designated as Exempt under Federal Regulations.
Step #2: Complete the appropriate application form, either a Form A: Application for Expedited/Full Board Review, or a Form D: Application for Exempt Designation, or a Form E: Application for Exempt Anonymous Survey Research involving research participants 18 years of age or older.
Step #3: Obtain all required signatures and attachments and email the documents to [email protected]. For student projects, faculty advisor approval is required. Submit the application to the faculty advisor first, then he or she can submit it and all applicable attachments to the IRB.
Annual Renewals and Changes
Protocols approved under Expedited or Exempt review after July 19, 2018 do not require Annual Renewal, unless otherwise noted on the approval letter. Protocols approved under Full Board review procedures are required to undergo review annually. A Form B needs to be submitted at least 30 days before the anniversary of approval.
If changes are made to any research project at any time, a Form B is required. A Form B is also submitted when the researcher completes the research project.
Faculty Exemptions for Classroom Assignments
Faculty members who wish to use this procedure must submit a Form C, Student Class Project Application, indicating the course, the assignment, and a copy of their certificate of completion of training. This Form must be approved by the IRB Chair prior to any projects proceeding; faculty also must require that students submit the appropriate application form for approval by the instructor (instead of submitting it to the IRB). This document will help you check your students' completed CITI training certificates to ensure they completed the correct required training.