When preparing an initial submission, please complete the applicable steps below. If you are not sure whether IRB review of your project is required, complete and submit the determination form to irb@oregonstate.edu. Note that not all of these steps are required for each project.

Step 1:  Determine who will be the Principal Investigator (PI). To qualify as a Principal Investigator, individuals must have an OSU appointment and be working within the scope of that appointment in performing the research.

Step 2: All study team members must complete the online ethics training modules

Step 3: If you are collaborating with another institution, please see additional instructions

Step 4: Make the initial determination of the level of review for your study

 Express Review Button

Step 5: Download and complete the current versions of the initial application and protocolIf you need more space than the study team table provides, please complete and submit the additional study team members table.


Step 6: Create a consent or assent document or guide


Step 7: Additional documents typically required for review

1. Recruitment Materials

2. Test Instruments (e.g. questionnaires, surveys, interview guides, focus group guides, etc.)


Additional steps when applicable:

Step 8: Complete forms or requirements related to vulnerable populations and others requiring additional safeguards


Step 9: Complete forms related to Biological Safety (updated 02/08/2016) or Radiation Safety (updated 01/26/2016)


Step 10: If you are proposing research that involves a drug, biologic, dietary supplement, food, or medical device, please incorporate the relevant sections of the FDA supplement into the primary protocol template.


Step 11: Contact the Conflict of Interest Administrator to discuss any research-related conflicts of interest


Step 12: Contact Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development about any transfer of biological materials to or from OSU


Step 13: Contact Dennis Bennett at the Writing Center if you would like help with improving the quality of protocol and consent documents