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 common mistakes are found in IRB applications and how can I avoid them?

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?

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?

I am collaborating with OHSU; what should I submit to OSU?

What is the difference between feasibility studies and pilot testing?

How do I describe the use of pre-existing data in the application materials?

What is the total "target enrollment" number?

Principal Investigators and Study Team Members

Who can be a Principal Investigator (PI)?

What are the PI’s responsibilities?

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

Can I enroll my children in my own research?

How do I renew my CITI training?

What if I am collaborating with a researcher that is not affiliated with an institution that has an IRB?


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

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

The sponsor requested the IRB approval notice prior to releasing funds, but my study is not ready for review. What should I do?

What if my funding source requires that I make my data publicly available?

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?

How does SurveyMonkey adhere to IRB guidelines?

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?