All applicants planning research at UMA that qualifies under the definition of “human subjects” must complete the required UMA IRB human subjects research application.
1. CITI Certification
Investigator completes his or her Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) certification.
2. Informed Consent
Investigator prepares the appropriate Informed Consent Form (ICF). Advisors must sign the ICF for student investigators.
3. IRB Application
Investigator prepares the UMA IRB Application and submits it with ICF, CITI certificate, and other appropriate documents.
4. Sponsoring Agency
If a sponsoring agency is involved, include a copy of the proposal and budget the investigator submitted for funding.
5. Advisor Approval
Student investigators must include a letter from the Advisor indicating that the Advisor approves the project, research, or thesis proposal.
6. Chair Review
The IRB chair reviews applications to determine
- Is this research?
- Is this excluded research?
- Is this human subject research?
- Is this exempt human subject research?
- Does this require full board review?
7. Exemption Status
If statute does not require full board review, the IRB Chair will contact the investigator(s) within two weeks of receipt to advise or ask clarifying questions. Approval timelines will vary from proposal to proposal.
8. Full Review
If statute requires full board review, application materials will go to board members and the IRB will discuss the application as part of the next appropriate agenda. Please refer to the meeting dates and full board review deadlines on the IRB website.
9. Board Approval
If the board finds there are missing components, has concerns, or has questions, the IRB will return the material to the principal researcher and advisor if applicable.
10. Provost Review
Once approved, the IRB will forward the forms to the Provost who will review the final version and sign as the President’s designee.
11. Provost Approval
The Provost’s Office will notify applicant of approval or disapproval. The Provost’s Office will return consent form(s) to the Principal Investigator with an IRB approval stamp which will indicate approval/expiration dates. Investigators may only use consent documents bearing a valid IRB approval for enrollment of research subjects. The Provost’s Office will keep copies of all approved forms.