Administrative review and approval is required for all research projects, be they externally funded projects from federal funds, foundation or industry sources, as well as internally funded projects through the Schnurmacher Institute for Vision Research or faculty discretionary funds. The research authorization form (RAF) should be completed and must be accompanied by an appropriate budget and an executive summary of the research. Approval must be granted prior to IRB or IACUC submission and before any documentation is sent to external sponsors.
Research Authorization Form
To submit the Research Authorization Form, please read the Instructions for completing the Research Authorization Form and download the Research Authorization Form.
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Financial Conflict of Interest Form
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Research involving human subjects and the IRB Packet
All faculty, staff or students planning to conduct research using human subjects must adhere to our Institutional Review Board IRB research policy. Our Federal Wide Assurance (FWA) document specifies this institution’s assurance with respect to human subjects research and is listed at the NIH website. Our Federal wide Assurance # is FWA00001460 and expires 4/26/2026. Our IRB # is IRB00000301 and expires 3/30/2024.
Federal Wide Assurance (FWA) document
The IRB submission process begins by the principal investigator (or the research coordinator) registering your own user name and password on IRBNet. Even before registering, you can use 2 videos and 3 pdfs which will guide you through the process.
When you wish to submit, please register using a log in name and password at IRBnet Resources. Once registered, you will receive an email which you have to use and click on that link to activate your account. When you are ready to submit an IRB application (new or renewal or amended), log on to IRBNet. Next, begin the IRB application process for conducting research using human subjects. This is done for new, renewal or amended IRB proposals. The actual IRB documents you will be submitting are downloaded directly from IRBNet. The documents are the IRB application itself, an IRB sample consent form, the Notice of Privacy Practices form and other forms you may need. Once you have downloaded the form(s), you work on them as a word file on your own computer. Once completed, they are then uploaded onto IRBNet and submitted for initial review by the IRB committee. A determination is made if the IRB application requires expedited or full board review, or is exempt for research review. If your IRB documents are approved, a letter is generated and sent to the principal investigator (PI). If the application needs revision, you will be notified via IRBNet to make appropriate changes and resubmit. IRBNet maintains records of all IRB approved research activity, monitors compliance and sends annual written notification to each investigator at the end of the approval period.
Note that there are at least 4 scheduled full board review periods annually. These are the first Tuesday in September, December, March and June.
Please have your application submitted at least 4 weeks before these dates if you think your application may require full board review. Generally, any application involving invasive procedures, non-FDA-approved devices, young children or a procedure with more than minimal risk is likely to require a full board review.
Please note that all IRB applications must first have administrative approval by completion of a separate administrative approval form (see Administrative Review above). Furthermore, all IRB personnel must complete human subject research ethics training (see below). Any research involving UEC patients or UEC resources must fulfill all HIPAA training requirements.
If you would like, you can also download the IRB application form and the IRB consent form here.
There is a $3,000 charge for IRB review and monitoring of industry-initiated and industry-funded studies. This is a one-time fee for initial review, and covers up to 4 continuing reviews.