IRB Process

What is the Institutional Review Board (IRB)?

What is the IRB’s FWA number?

What does the IRB look for when reviewing an application?

What are some common mistakes that I should avoid?

Does evaluation require IRB review?

Does “exempt” mean that my study doesn’t need IRB review?

What is the definition of minimal risk?

How do I complete the enrollment table in the continuing review application and final report forms?

How does SurveyMonkey adhere to IRB guidelines?

When are third parties considered human subjects?

Can I mask citations in my publications to further protect the confidentiality of participants?

If I am collaborating with researchers at external institutions, which IRB reviews my study?

Principal Investigators and Study Team Members

Who can be a Principal Investigator (PI)?

What are the PI’s responsibilities?

When should I list collaborators as study team members?

What if I want to enroll in my own research study?

Can I enroll my children in my own research?

Funding

Do I need IRB review if my study is not funded?

Why does the IRB need a copy of my grant or contract?

The sponsoring agency wants to see that the study has IRB approval prior to releasing funds, but I haven't finished developing my study yet. What should I do?

Data Security

Where and how long should the study-related documents be stored after my study is closed? 

How do I prevent Qualtrics from collecting IP addresses?

Informed Consent

What do I need to know about informed consent?

How do I know whether my consent form is written at a level that study subjects will understand?

How can I reduce the reading level or increase the reading ease of my consent document?

Reporting Requirements

What do I do if a research participant tells me about an experience with sexual harassment or sexual violence?

What is the Impact of Mandatory Reporting Legislation on IRB-approved Research?

For Participants

What do I need to know before enrolling in a research study?