All research projects involving human participants (subjects) must be approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) before they begin. Proposals are reviewed by the IRB according to the SUNY Potsdam Policy on the Use of Human Subjects in Research, addressing the welfare of the research participants, the methods used to obtain voluntary informed consent, confidentiality and the balance of potential risks and benefits associated with participation in the research. The policy is available for review on the IRB website.
Proposals can be submitted for review at any time. However, for proposals that require full-board review (discussion by the IRB members at a convened meeting),you should plan to submit your proposal based on the proposal deadlines for each scheduled meeting as posted in the Reporter or as listed on the IRB website.
Complete the on line human subjects training – go to https://www.citiprogram.org/default.asp The principal Investigator, Co-investigator(s), student researcher(s)/assistant(s) and research staff member(s) are all required to complete the training.
Determine the appropriate application to submit - To determine which application is required complete Appendix A - Level of Review being requested. Two applications are available – one for proposals that will require expedited or full board review and one that is for exempt review.
Choose the correct application for the level of review being requested – Complete and sign the application. Original signature(s) are required. When completing the application if something does not apply to your research please put n/a in the box to indicate that you have evaluated the question. All questions must have an answer.
Complete and attach all of the appropriate appendices.
Attach all data collection tools - survey instruments, interview questions, solicitation letters, etc.
Attach all consent form(s) and assent form(s). Templates are available on the IRB website at the "Application Materials" link on the right. Note that the Internet Research Declaimer is also available at the "Application Materials" link and must be included in the consent/assent forms for all projects in which data will be collected or sent electronically.
Attach all recruitment materials - flyers, advertisements, letters, emails, press releases, etc...
Submit two copies of the complete proposal to the Research Compliance Coordinator:
Research Compliance Coordinator
Raymond Hall 204
If you have questions about or need help with the application form or process, contact the Research Compliance Coordinator at the phone number or e-mail address above.