Initial Protocol

  • Note that all forms must be completed on a computer. No handwritten forms will be accepted for review.

Before you take the time to prepare your protocol, you want to make sure the project you are proposing requires Institutional Review Board approval.

The IRB Review Determination Tree (pdf) can help you make that determination, as well as which protocol to submit. If you are still unsure whether your project requires IRB approval, please do not hesitate to contact the HRPP office.

To submit a human subjects research (IRB) protocol, compile the information described in the accordions below and submit to the HRPP office. Use the Protocol Checklist (pdf) to ensure you have all the necessary elements.

Finally, see the 10 most common IRB protocol mistakes to help ensure your protocol travels through the review process as smoothly as possible.