Institutional Review Board FAQ
Do I need to submit an IRB Application?
How do I submit my IRB application?
You have a couple of options:
- Stop by McMullen 205 to drop off the physical copy. If possible, try to find someone
to help you in case you need to make any easy corrections.
- Please take a look at our checklist before submitting.
- Send your IRB to our email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We prefer pdf format, and students MUST have physical signatures on the application.
How long do I have to wait to receive an answer from the IRB?
All applications are emailed to the Chair with the PI (principle investigator) and faculty sponsor cc’d on the message. This email is sent off within a day of the office receiving the application, so if you do not receive that email after that initial time period, please contact us.
What are the differences between an "exempt," "expedited," or "full" review?
- Exempt: Must fall into six federal-defined exempt categories (such as anonymous surveys or retrospective chart reviews). Applications that might be considered exempt must still be submitted to the IRB.
- Expedited: Research subjects are identified and/or their responses might put them at some risk, which could fit anywhere in the range from physical to emotional to employment.
- Full: Research with greater than minimal risk or that does not fit into exempt or expedited categories must be fully reviewed by the IRB.
What are some good examples of IRB applications?
How do I create an informed consent form?
How do I determine if my study should be confidential or anonymous?
Anonymous: No personally-identifying information is collected, so it is impossible to know who participated, and especially impossible to link any response to any individual.
Do I have to complete human subjects research training?
(CITI training is recommended, as it is less time-consuming than NIH training. However, as some students are required to obtain NIH training for their work on grant research projects, we accept either training.)
When can I begin collecting data for my study?
Do not collect signed informed consent until you have IRB approval.
Who can I talk to if I have questions about my research involving human subjects?