Any research with human subjects at NC State must go through the NC State IRB. Unauthorized use of external IRBs is not permitted.
IRB Official Forms
- Unanticipated Problem or Adverse Event Reporting Form
- NCSU IRB Authorization Agreement Request Form
- NCSU Authorization Agreement – Another IRB Relies on the IRB at NC State: After completing the NCSU IRB Authorization Request form, complete the “NCSU Authorization Agreement – Another IRB relies on the IRB at NC State” if you want NC State to serve as the reviewing/approving IRB. This is where another IRB would rely on NC State to review and approve the research.
- NCSU Authorization Agreement – NC State IRB Relies on Another IRB: After completing the NCSU IRB Authorization Request form, complete the “NCSU Authorization Agreement – NC State IRB Relies on Another IRB” if you want NC State to rely on the review and approval of another IRB.
- IRB Letter of Intent Form
Example Forms & Templates
- Consent Form Template for NC State Research: This is the Informed Consent template used by NC State University. This Informed Consent template has all regulatory required information and is annotated for ease of completion. Please read all directions and notes carefully and edit this template to match your own research protocol
- Broad Consent Form Template for NC State Research: This is the Broad Consent template used by NC State University. Broad Consent is only used for the storage, maintenance, and secondary use of data (information and specimens). If you use Broad Consent, you must retain the Broad Consent forms and track how the data is used and shared. This Broad Consent template has all regulatory required information and is annotated for ease of completion. Please read all directions and notes carefully and edit this template to match your own research protocol.
- Example Consent for Use of Photos
- Example Ethics Agreement for Student Researchers working on a Research Team
- Example Photo Ethics Agreement
Guidance for Application Preparation & Matters of Compliance
- Basic information for researchers: Helpful hints and an introduction to help you navigate IRB review. Read this before you create an IRB submission.
- What are the different types of IRB Review and Approval?
- FAQ for Differentiating Between Research and Evaluation
- Terms and Definitions
- Post-Award Data Management Checklist: Use this research data management checklist for completing the IRB application, especially if you plan to share your data.
- Informed Consent Checklist
- Information Regarding Class Projects
- Conflicts of Interest in Research
- Incentive Payments and Compensation
- FAQ Identifiable Datasets
- FAQ for Faculty Points of Contact
- FAQ Researchers Enrolling in Their Own Research
- FAQ Risks and Benefits Information and Analysis
- Information about Non-Compliance: Your IRB materials, once approved by the IRB, are the blueprint of your study. You are expected to follow the IRB approved research protocol, and use only IRB approved materials when conducting your research. Any unapproved departure from your approved IRB protocol or implementation of research with human subjects without appropriate IRB approval is non-compliance. Non-compliance has many different consequences, but can result in your being prevented from using data that were collected outside of IRB approval, or require reporting to the federal government. Most importantly, any departure from your approved IRB protocol that INCREASES RISK TO PARTICIPANTS, without IRB approval, is very serious and must be dealt with immediately.
- Things to Consider:
- About Data Security
- When Using Amazon’s Mechanical Turk (M-Turk)
- When Using Existing Data
- When Wanting to Waive Consent
- When Your Data Includes Third parties
- When Creating a Survey
- When Creating Focus Groups
- When Creating Interview Protocol
- When Implementing Photovoice
- When Using Photos and Video/Audio Recording
- When Implementing Food Quality Studies
Research Associated With The Department of Defense (DoD)
Are you performing research with human subjects that is funded by the Department of Defense (DoD) and/or uses any DoD resources or people (including ROTC)? If so, your research is considered supported by DoD and you are subject to additional requirements from the DoD regarding human subjects research (including Exempt, Expedited, and Full Board Approvals).
DoD entities include (but may not be limited to) these groups:
- Air Force
- Air Force Academy
- Coast Guard
- Coast Guard Academy
- Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
- Defense Intelligence Agency
- Military Academy (West Point)
- Missile Defense Agency
- National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
- National Guard
- National Security Agency
- National War College
- Naval Academy
- Office of Naval Research
- Pentagon Force Protection Agency
- Tricare Health System
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
- U.S. Naval Observatory
Additional Requirements for DoD supported research are noted in the guidance below. These requirements include specific content to be included in study documents and procedures, an additional review process with a Human Research Protection Officer (HRPO) outside of the NCSU IRB office, and possibly a Scientific Merit review. Please read through the guidance below in order to meet all of your additional requirements.
If your research is approved by the IRB under Expedited procedures or via the Full Board, your study will need to undergo a Scientific Merit Review. Scientific Merit review is an independent review and approval that assesses the scientific merit of a study. Please find information regarding the Scientific Merit Review below.
The NCSU IRB office has created a form that can be completed for Scientific Merit reviews. Not all HRPO officers will accept this and they may have their own process, but you can try and use it.
- Scientific Merit Review Form
- Protection of Human Subjects and Adherence to Ethical Standards in DoD-Supported Research
- Limitation on use of humans as experimental subjects
- Department of the Navy, Human research Protection Program
- DoD regulations for Human Subjects Research
Research Associated with the Biomedical Engineering Department
UNC-Chapel Hill and NC State have a joint Biomedical Engineering Department that is supported by both universities. All human subjects research that is biomedical in nature and completed by faculty, staff, and students affiliated with this joint department will submit their IRB applications to UNC-Chapel Hill’s IRB.
Please see this Guidance for more detailed information.
Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Guidance
The use of human stem cells in research provokes much debate in the United States. This debate centers around the ethical, legal and regulatory aspects and is primarily directed towards the use of Human Embryonic Stem Cells in research (hESC). The regulatory framework governing hESC research is promulgated by Presidential Executive Order, managed by the National Institute’s of Health and relies heavily on existing regulations governing research involving human subjects, substance management and biocontainment. NC State University will facilitate oversight of hESC research by staying abreast of the changing regulatory environment, assess best practices, network with local and regional subject matter experts, and advise the NC State leadership on needed support and actions associated with this important and promising research frontier.
A collection of resources designed to provide a better understanding of issues surrounding Human Embryonic Stem Cell use in research endeavors are available below.