The IRB reviews and approves/disapproves proposed research activity while ensuring that the proposed informed consent process meets all of the requirements of 45 CFR 46.116. Additionally, the IRB provides continuing oversight for progress reports and protocols for ongoing research studies. Concerns of non-compliance and misconduct are also handled by the IRB.
All individuals conducting research with human participants require ethics training. Ethics training may be completed at CITIprogram.org . A variety of modules can be completed, depending on the nature of the research. Please go to the ASU research ethics training page to determine which module(s) you are required to complete.
Once completed, the training certificate should be forwarded to the IRB. Training is valid for three years.
A copy of the proposal should be emailed to chair (firstname.lastname@example.org), and all documents, attachments, scales, and appendixes should be combined into a single attachment when possible. If scale or other component is too large for email, please submit that part of the research through intercampus mail.
Responses typically occur within one week of submission.
The following guides are designed to aid with the preparation of your application. Please read through the list to determine which guide best fits your needs. Do not use these guides for your application; the applications are linked in the next section.
Click below for the standard application for research.
Sample Application for Individual Applications (with Annotations)
For instructors supervising a group of students conducting research, please review the group application for research.
Click below for group application for research.
Sample Application for Group Applications (with Annotations)
Consent is required from human participants in order to participate in research. The informed consent form typically contains the following categories: purpose, procedures to be followed, potential risks and benefits, confidentiality, and freedom to with withdraw. Each section should be thoroughly explained, and both researcher and participant are required to sign the informed consent form.
Click below for a sample of the informed consent form.
Sample Informed Consent
For studies that do not involve collecting information of a personal nature or personally identifiable information, the following link provides a statement that should appear prior to the survey and serve as an implied informed consent.
Click below for a sample of an implied consent form.
Sample Implied Consent
In addition to assenting (see below), human participants 17 years old and younger are required to obtain parental consent before participating in research. The parental consent should thoroughly explain the procedures of the study and what the participant(s) will be doing. To receive parental consent, simply change the title and the appropriate verbiage of the informed consent to indicate that parent is giving their consent for their child.
Human participants 17 years old and younger are required to provide assent in order to participate in research. In addition to assent, they must also obtain parental consent (see above). The child's developmental level should be considered when writing an assent form; the language of the assent form must be comprehensible to the child. While an informed consent re-titled informed assent may be appropriate for older children, a separate child assent may be required for younger children.
Click below for a sample of the young child assent form
Sample Young Child Assent
Please fill out the application attached to the link below. Researchers are encouraged to complete the checklist to ensure all of the necessary components of the application have been addressed.