When preparing an initial submission, please complete the steps below.  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

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

Step 3: Make the initial determination of the level of review for your study

 Express Review Button

Step 4: Complete the initial application (updated 12/10/2015) and protocol (updated 11/06/2015)


Step 5: Create a consent or assent document or guide


Step 6: 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 7: Complete forms or requirements related to vulnerable populations and others requiring additional safeguards


Step 8: Complete forms related to Biological Safety (updated 02/08/2016) or Radiation Safety (updated 01/26/2016)


Step 9: 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 10: Contact the Conflict of Interest Administrator to discuss any research-related conflicts of interest


Step 11: Contact Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development about any transfer of biological materials to or from OSU


Step 12: Contact Dennis Bennett at the Writing Center if you would like help with improving the quality of protocol and consent documents