Remote advising by appointment

The HRPP offers advising appointments to students and faculty for questions or concerns about the IRB process. Currently, we only offer remote advising.

For graduate or undergraduate student projects, we encourage you to reach out early in the application process, but we will gladly provide support at any point during the lifecycle of a study.

We do not review documents before these meetings. Please be prepared to ask questions and discuss your study plan. We encourage you to have your materials ready to share on-screen so that you can incorporate elements of the discussion into the application or related documents during the appointment.

To schedule an advising appointment, please email us at Include a summary of your research study and a description of any questions you have, or what you wish to address during your appointment. If you wish to discuss an application that has been submitted or is under review, please include the study number and PI name in your email.

Upon request, Program Staff are available to present on the following topics:

  • History and/or how-to (typically for students)
  • Updates related to revised federal regulations

To request a presentation, please complete and submit a meeting request form.

Workshop or small group training sessions

Upon request by your group of three or more faculty members and held at your location:

  • Navigating iRIS
  • Completing the Protocol Form
  • Drafting Consent Documents

To schedule a workshop or request a group training session, please complete and submit a meeting request form.

Educational Resources for Investigators provided by the Office of Human Research Protections

OHRP is part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. They have created this list of resources to help investigators learn about and succeed in their role in protecting research subjects.

The research community has a responsibility to ensure that the treatment of human subjects in research meets the highest ethical standard. Recognizing this responsibility, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) requires NIH funding recipients to certify training in the ethical use of humans in research. Endorsing the goals of such training, the OSU Institutional Review Board (IRB) requires education in the protection of human research participants for all researchers conducting research involving human subjects, not just those receiving NIH funding.

Required training must be complete for all study team members prior to submitting a research application to the Human Research Protection Program. Research ethics training must be renewed every three years. This can be accomplished by completing the initial or refresher course offered by CITI.

If you have an OSU affiliation (faculty, staff, or student), you must use your OSU email address for the primary and institutional addresses in the CITI registration. Employees must use first.last @ and students must use their ONID email address. Use of other OSU email variations or personal addresses will prevent your training records from appearing in iRIS.

OSU study team members

Complete and pass the appropriate CITI Course. Learners can do this by selecting Group 1 or Group 2 under Human Subjects Protection (not Responsible Conduct of Research). 

Non-OSU study team members

There are two training options:

  1. OSU CITI Course, or
  2. Provide documentation of relevant training found acceptable by the IRB or ethics board at their home institution.

If a non-OSU study team member is unable to complete, or provide proof of completion, of the above described training (for reasons such as illiteracy or inability to use a computer) please contact the HRPP Office for additional options. Additionally, CITI training is no longer offered in languages other than English. PIs with study team members needing ethics training presented in languages other than English should contact the HRPP Administrator to discuss a plan for providing training for those researchers.

All individuals conducting FDA-regulated studies of drugs or devices, or NIH-funded clinical trials

In addition to the above required modules, complete and pass the Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training.

  • OSU researchers can do this by logging in to CITI and add a course, selecting Group 5 (Drugs), Group 6 (Devices), and/or Group 7 (NIH-funded clinical trials) under Human Subjects Protection.
  • Non-OSU study team members must complete GCP training through their home institution or they can add an OSU affiliation to their CITI account and then complete this training.

How do I renew my CITI training?

Beginning January 2017, OSU will require that research ethics training be renewed every three years. This can be accomplished by completing the initial or refresher course offered by CITI. If your training has expired and you completed the NIH course, or the CITI training prior to 2004, you will need to complete the initial CITI course.