All personnel on research projects involving human subjects who will interact with participants or have access to identifiable data must complete the CITI “Social & Behavioral Research - Basic/Refresher, Refresher Course” training program or provide documentation of equivalent training before beginning the research.
A complete IRB application package must contain all of the following:
IRB applications should be submitted to the Office of Research Compliance and Integrity (ORCI) a minimum of 20 business days prior to the date when the research will begin. Please note that additional lead time is required for departmental review of applications prior to sending it to ORCI. Although it is often possible to receive IRB approval in less than 20 business days, approval times vary depending on the completeness of the application, the level of review required, and the volume of protocols under review.
Please keep in mind: audio and videotaping require a separate statement of consent and a separate signature/date line on the consent form.
*The focus group consent form includes a statement about the researcher's inability to guarantee confidentiality among the group members.
Protocols involving physical activity and exercise
All IRB applications for protocols involving physical activity and exercise need to provide sufficient information so IRB members can determine risk and understand precautions taken by researchers to protect subjects. Please refer to the guidance provided in the link below to help you complete your IRB application:
All materials aimed at recruiting subjects into a research study (including the final copy of printed advertisements, scripts, audio or video tapes, or Web sites) must be reviewed and approved by the IRB prior to use.
Research Involving Deception
Research may sometimes use deception if truthful disclosure is considered likely to produce biased responses by the subject. However, this means that the subjects are not giving fully informed consent prior to beginning their participation. Researchers using deception have additional responsibilities to the subjects, such as debriefing following participation.
The following link provides a list of DeKalb area counseling support services for research participants (if appropriate to the protocol)
Use of Compensation/Incentives
Research subjects may receive incentives or compensation for their participation. However, the level of compensation should not be so high as to cause a prospective subject to accept risks that he or she would not accept in the absence of the compensation. This same principle would apply to compensation offered to parents whose children are prospective subjects. Information about any compensation should be included in subject recruitment materials and informed consent/parental permission/assent forms. Compensation should not be described as a benefit of the study.
The University will not reimburse purchases of gift cards to be used for compensation in research.