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Human Subjects Research During the COVID-19 Pandemic

We are still in the age of COVID-19 and, as such, the NC State IRB office provides guidance regarding research with human subjects that protects research participants, researchers, and the larger NC State community from COVID-19 risks. Please read the current NC State IRB’s COVID-19 requirements and additional procedures packet. All proposed in-person research at this time is expected to follow the current guidance, which is updated regularly. Please check the link before you submit your IRB application to ensure you are using the current guidance.

Please also remain up to date with NC State University Guidance on Coronavirus, Office of Research and Innovation’s COVID-19 Research Continuity page, and guidance from the CDC and the WHO. Researchers are expected to comply with the rule of the most restrictive. For example, if NC State University does not require face masks, the NC State IRB might still require them because the IRB must comply with the federal regulations for human subjects research protections. If your study is sponsored by NSF or NIH, please follow their guidance in addition to the NC State IRB guidance.

IRB Workshops Offered Through the NC State University Libraries

All of the Spring 2023 IRB workshops listed below are open for registration on REPORTER. All workshops will remain exclusively online for the accessibility and safety of all involved. We strive to make all workshops accessible but/and if there are accommodations that would improve your experience at one of the IRB workshops you’ve registered for, please contact the IRB office and the Disability Resource Office at NC State University in advance so that we can work together to meet your access needs.

  • IRB Basics: Part 1 – IRB History, Operations, and eIRB Application Overview
    • Tuesday, January 10th, 2023: 10am to 12:30pm
    • Thursday, January 26th, 2023: 11am to 1:30pm
    • Monday, February 6th, 2023: 1pm to 3:30pm
    • Wednesday, February 22nd, 2023: 4pm to 6:30pm
    • Friday, March 24th, 2023: 9am to 11:30am
    • Monday, April 3rd, 2023: 1pm to 3:30pm
  • IRB Basics: Part 2 – Risks, Benefits, and Data Management in Research and more of the eIRB Application
    • Thursday, January 12th, 2023: 9am to Noon
    • Wednesday, February 15th, 2023: 9am to Noon
    • Monday, March 20th, 2023: 1 to 4pm
    • Tuesday, April 18th, 2023: 9am to Noon
  • IRB Basics: Part 3 – eIRB application session (mandatory prerequisite training must be completed to attend)
    • Tuesday, January 17th, 2023: 10am to 12:30pm
    • Thursday, February 2nd, 2023: 11am to 1:30pm
    • Monday, February 13th, 2023: 1pm to 3:30pm
    • Wednesday, March 1st, 2023: 4pm to 6:30pm
    • Friday, March 31st, 2023: 9am to 11:30am
    • Monday, April 17th, 2023: 1pm to 3:30pm
  • College of Education IRB Teach-In
    • Friday, March 10th, 2023 from 8am to 5pm
  • The IRB and Qualitative Research
    • Monday, February 20th, 2022: 1pm to 3pm
  • Survey Research and the IRB
    • Thursday, February 16th, 2023: 10am to Noon
    • Tuesday, March 28th, 2023: 10am to Noon
  • Using Secondary Data/Specimens in Research (Including Online Spaces and Social Media)
    • Wednesday, January 18th, 2023: 3pm to 5pm
    • Thursday, February 16th, 2023: 5pm to 7pm
    • Tuesday, April 11th, 2023: 11am to 1pm
  • Using “Apps,” Software, and Wearables in Research with Human Subjects
    • Wednesday, February 22nd, 2023: 11:30am to 1pm
  • Device Research and the FDA
    • Friday, February 17th, 2023: 11:30am to 1pm

Please register on REPORTER to enroll in a workshop or to “watch” one or more of the  IRB workshops listed above that you are interested in taking that you are waiting for a date/time that works better for your schedule.  Watching an IRB workshop means that you will be notified via email by REPORTER when a new workshop session is scheduled and open for enrollment. It does not mean that you will be automatically registered for the workshop.

IRB Drop-In Virtual Office Hours

Have questions about an IRB application you’re working on submitting? The NC State IRB offers virtual office hours on Zoom where you’ll be able to meet with IRB staff individually, discuss any questions you have, and receive targeted guidance for your protocol in the process. All sessions are first-come, first-served with a meeting waiting room enabled to facilitate the process. There is often a wait to meet with IRB staff during office hours.

The Fall 2022 IRB office hours dates are:

  • The Spring 2023 IRB office hours are:
  • Friday, January 20th: 1pm to 4pm 
  • Friday, January 27th: 10am to 1pm 
  • Thursday, February 9th: 10am to 1pm 
  • Friday, February 24th: 1pm to 4pm  
  • Monday, March 6th: 1pm to 4pm 
  • Wednesday, March 22nd: 10am to 1pm 
  • Tuesday, April 4th: 10am to 1pm 
  • Thursday, April 20th: 10am to 1pm 

Each office hours meeting has its own meeting passcode which you need to enter to access the office hours. The passcodes are accessible when you log into the IRB office hours information sheet with your Unity ID and password.