Submittal Process

Submittal Process

Starting the Application Process

If a principal investigator, a member of the research team or a collaborator will observe, interact with, or intervene with individuals to gather information that will be used for research such as:

  • Surveys, questionnaires, focus groups or interviews
  • Games, experiments in physical or electronic environments
  • Physical or biomedical procedures
  • Diet, nutrition studies, taste tests
  • Studies examining effectiveness of educational tools or curricula
  • Use of instruments or devices, including phones, to collect data or monitor or influence behavior
  • Passive observation of public behavior (in physical or online environments, including social media)

If the information being collected is about individuals and will be used for publication, presentation, thesis or dissertation and the focus of the project is on people, their opinions, perceptions, choices, or how methods, policies, procedures, organizations, etc. affect them or their environment, the project is most likely considered research with human subjects and an application to the IRB board and written notice of approval will be needed before the study can begin.

Determination of Steps

The SEKESC-IRB board has checklists to help investigators determine steps they need to fulfill throughout the process.

Completing the Form

Once the project has been determined human subjects research and the steps to follow has been established, the IRB Protocol Form (which can be found at Greenbush Central under Employee Resources Tools) will need to be completed. Once the form is begun there is an option to save and return to complete at a later time.

Submitting the Form

Once the online application has been completed, supplemental materials attached, and all sections signed by the PI(s), submit the application. After submission, the final signature by the IRB Chair will signature the application and all materials will be sent to the appropriate individuals dependent on the type of review (Expedited reviews are forwarded to at least one other board member for review. Full reviews are forwarded to the entire board for review).