Human Subjects* Research and Protection Procedures

*Human Subject: means a living individual about whom an investigator (whether professional or student) conducting research obtains (1) data through intervention or interaction with the individual, or (2) identifiable private information.

All applicants planning research at UMA who qualify under the definition of “Human Subject” above must complete the required Human Subjects Research Application.   All documents and materials are also available from the UMA Provost’s Office: 207.621.3106.

  • Additional guidance on whether a project is defined as Human Subjects Research and, if so, whether it is eligible for Exempt Review status can be found here.

If you are doing Human Subjects Research you must:

  • Complete the required Human Subjects Research Application.
  • Attach in your submitted Human Subjects Research Application the Consent Form to be used. For students, the Consent Form must be completed and signed by the Advisor.
  • If a Sponsoring Agency is involved, include a copy of the proposal (body of the proposal and the budget) that was submitted for funding.
  • For students, include a letter from the Advisor indicating that the project, research, or thesis proposal has been approved.
  • All required attachments may be submitted by attaching them to the electronic form for submission.

Questions regarding research applications should be sent to the Chair of the IRB, Christopher Lage, at clage@maine.edu, and cc’d to the Provost’s office at tlawson@maine.edu.

If there are missing components, concerns or recommended revisions, the IRB will return the material to the principal researcher and advisor.
Once approved, the IRB will forward the forms to the Provost who will review the final version and sign as the President’s designee.
The Provost’s Office will notify applicant of approval or disapproval.  If needed, the consent form(s) will be returned to the Principal Investigator with an IRB approval stamp which will indicate approval/expiration dates.

Only consent documents which bear a valid IRB approval can be used for enrollment of research subjects.

Copies of all approved forms will be kept in the Provost’s Office.