The Protocol Form
I am an undergraduate student, graduate student or postdoctoral fellow. May I serve as a principal investigator?
No. All human subject research conducted by undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows require a faculty or staff member to serve as principal investigator. This faculty or staff member serves as research adviser and certifies s/he will provide direct supervision and guidance and assume final responsibility for the conduct of the research.
All forms are available on the HRPP’s Forms and Instructions webpage and should be filled out online.
Yes. The Institutional Review Board pays close attention to whether the risks are sufficiently minimized and reasonable relative to the anticipated benefits; the equitability of the subject selection; the informed consent procedures and documentation; the safety of your data storage plan; the provisions for the privacy of subjects and confidentiality of data; and whether appropriate safeguards are in place if your subjects include a vulnerable population.
I am applying for grant funding to conduct my research. Should I wait until my funding has been awarded before submitting a protocol to the IRB?
No. The research protocol should be written in conjunction with the grant proposal and submitted simultaneously. Funding agencies will often not officially award a grant before Institutional Review Board approval has been obtained.
For a detailed description of the review categories, see the HRPP’s Review Categories webpage.
- About the HRPP: The Basics
- Student Researchers
- Working With Special Populations
- Special Topics
- Forms and Instructions
- Guidelines, Policies and Regulations
- Data Management and Protection
- Required Training
- Glossary of Terms
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Contact Us
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Human Research Protection Program
Bernstein-Marcus 2nd floor, MS 116
415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02453