Do I have to submit an IRB application?
Yes, if your proposed project meets both of the following criteria:
- Is Research
- Uses Human Participants
Note: The IRB cannot review and approve a project after it has been completed.
Am I engaging in Research?
- Are you going to publish the results of your proposed project now or at some future time?
- Are you going to present the results of your proposed project at a conference now or at some future time?
- Are you a faculty or staff member doing this proposed project in fulfillment of your master's thesis, Ph.D. dissertation, graduate course work, or comprehensive examination for a graduate degree?
If you answered YES to any of these questions, then you are conducting research.
Is my project using Human Participants for research?
Are people the participants of the proposed project?* Does the proposed project involve working directly with living people? Are you gathering private information (e.g. personal philosophical beliefs) for the proposed project? Are you observing behavior in a generally accepted private space (e.g. church, home, bathroom) for the proposed project?
*Asking a history teacher about the Civil War would not require IRB review and approval, for the subject of your project is the Civil War, but interviewing that teacher to learn about his/her values, experiences or behavior, however, would be considered research on human participants and would, therefore, require IRB review and approval.
If you answered YES to the first question and YES to one or more of the remaining questions, then your proposed project involves research on human participants, and you are required to submit an application to the IRB for review and approval before you can commence work on your project.
If you do not know if your proposed project requires IRB review and approval, or if you have any other questions about the Institutional Review Board and the review process, you should contact the Chair of the IRB (see faculty committee list for the current academic year).
Scenarios requiring IRB and/or Administrative Review/Approval:
- You are performing research using human subjects (not using Fisher college resources or students) - IRB review and approvalYou are requesting a course reduction to do research with human subjects - IRB and Administrative review and approval.
- You are requesting a course reduction for research that does not involve human subjects - IRB review (no approval needed) and Administrative approval.
- You are requesting to use Fisher resources or information for a research or a project (e.g. dissertation or master's research, graduate course project, etc.) with human subjects - IRB review and approval and Administrative review and approval.
- You are requesting to use Fisher resources or information for research or a project (e.g. dissertation or master's research, graduate course project, etc.) without human subjects - IRB review and Administrative review and approval.
- You are performing research using neither human subjects nor Fisher resources - does not require IRB or Administrative review or approval.