Collaborators Decision Tree

1. An agent of OSU means students, staff, or faculty

2. In order to certify a study team member, the protocol must include the following information: a description of who these individuals will be (e.g., community members, regional high school teachers, Extension Agents, etc.); a description of the responsibilities and activities that these individuals will perform; a detailed plan for training, oversight, and procedures for ensuring protocol adherence.

A list of certified study team members must be submitted to the HRPP Office at the time of Continuing Review for studies requiring full board review. For all other review levels, a list of certified study team members must be submitted with the final report. Please contact our office for questions about this process

3. An assurance is an agreement between an institution and the federal Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) It is also called a Federal Wide Assurance (FWA).

4. Individual Investigator Agreement

5. The OSU Specific Supplement has been incorporated into the new application and protocol form. Please see Step 3 on the 'Preparing an Initial Submission' page to download this form, complete the applicable sections, then submit the form to

For more information, please also see the Decision Tree, “My Project Involves an External IRB: Are there Additional Requirements?