Research Guidance and Forms
Items to Include with Application
Items to include with applications are:
- LIST OF INVESTIGATORS: If you are collaborating on the research, please include a list of all investigators on the project with contact information for each.
- INFORMED CONSENT: Whether you are obtaining informed consent verbally or in writing, you must submit a copy of the form. This form must clearly explain ALL possible risks and will assure the subjects/participants that they are free to withdraw from the study/experiment/project at any time without penalty.
INSTRUMENT(S): The instrument(s) is the questionnaire or items you are collecting from your research participants. The instrument(s) may be quantitative, qualitative, or a mix of both. It is important to note that applications cannot be reviewed without your instrument(s). Even if you are conducting qualitative research, you need to provide a list of the planned, open-ended questions.
AGENCY LETTER OF SUPPORT: If you are going through an outside source to obtain access to your sample, you will need to provide a letter from the agency, organization, etc. on their letterhead outlining that you are being given permission to conduct your research through them.
FACULTY LETTER OF SUPPORT (For all Undergraduate and Graduate Student Research): A supporting letter from the faculty advisor must be included if the application proposes research to be completed by a student researcher. If a faculty member assigns research projects to members of a class (e.g., research methods courses, research seminars) AND the faculty member submits all class applications in aggregate, one letter of faculty support and oversight will suffice for this purpose. The faculty advisor is expected to review the completed packet of materials before it is submitted to the Committee for review. It is recommended that faculty members submit the application packet on behalf of their student(s) as a way to be sure that they are certain on materials being submitted under their direction.
OTHER MATERIALS: Any additional items you feel will aid the Committee in making a decision. Often, this includes attaching the Methods section of the paper, grant application, etc.
- Informed Consent for adult research subjects/participants will include: I acknowledge that I am at least eighteen years old, and that I understand my rights as a research participant as outlined in the consent form. I acknowledge that my participation is fully voluntary.
- Written informed consent is required of parent or legal guardian of all subjects less than eighteen years of age, whether or not the minor child will be exposed to risk. If minor subjects/participants are in the fifth grade or higher, assent must be signed as well.
In addition, the Committee may require further information about the proposed research project; or it may request the investigator to attend a meeting to supply additional information or answer questions posed by the research. After the review is completed, the investigator will be notified of the Committee action in writing (i.e., e-mail). Formal acceptance letters are available upon request (e.g., for inclusion with grant proposals).
The application form must be completed and saved in order to send it along with all supportive documentation to the appropriate Co-Chairperson of the Committee on Research with Human Subjects. Please refer to the column on the right-side of the webpage for information regarding to whom to send your completed application packet.
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