Institutional Review Board Forms & Guidance

Does my research require IRB review?

If your project does not meet the regulatory definition of human subjects research, IRB submission and approval is not required.

***See Definition Human Subjects Research***

If you are unsure, may submit a Human Subjects Research Screening Form for assessment of your project.

IRB Request Forms

During the University response to COVID-19 an alternative submission process is being used.

Complete instructions for the alternative method of making submissions to the IRB. Please read carefully; requests that do not follow instructions will be returned without review.

Application for IRB Exempt Research Review

***If you are unsure, see Exempt IRB Guidelines***

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IRB Study Protocol Submission Form

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Faculty Advisor Statement

***This statement is required when the study principal or co-principal investigator is a student***

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Additional Sheet for Listing Key Personnel

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Addition or Deletion of Study Key Personnel on an Existing Study

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Study Modification Request

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Change of Principal Investigator

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Annual Study Progress Report (Continuing Review Request)

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Study Protocol Closure

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Informed Consent Information Templates

The following informed consent templates are for your assistance.

The templates are provided to assist and guide. There is not a one-size-fits-all template.

It is expected that the investigator will use the templates as needed and as a guide to developing ethical informed consent information for potential participants.

Informed consent is more than just getting participants to sign a form. It is a process that involves giving participants enough information so that they understand the research and its risks. The goal of the informed consent process is to provide sufficient information so that participants can make informed decisions about whether or not to originally participate in a study or to continue participation.

The process starts when investigators enroll participants in a study and is ongoing throughout the research project. Obtaining consent involves informing participants about their rights, the purpose of the project, the procedures that will occur during the study, and the potential risks and benefits of participation.

The informed consent document must be written in language easily understood by the participants (no higher than an 8th grade reading level). Additionally, participants must be given sufficient time to consider whether or not they will agree to participate. Within the process of informed consent, investigators must minimize the possibility of coercion or undue influence.

Informed Consent Information Template for Adult Research Participants

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Informed Consent Information/Parental Permission for Child Research Participants

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Supplemental Forms

Additional information about your study. Use these forms, as applicable, to provide the IRB clear details about your study.

Research involving Sensitive Topics (e.g., Sexual Behavior, Illegal Conduct, etc.)

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Research using Deception

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Research involving  Electronic/On-Line Data Collection

   IRB Data Management Policy

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Data collection using Focus Groups

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Research conducted in International Settings

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Research involving Children as Participants

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Use of the Psychology 101 Participant Pool

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Research involving use of Experimental Equipment

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Oral History or Ethnographic/Naturalistic Research

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Use of Secondary/Existing Data

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Research Conducted at UAlbany Campus as Data Collection Site

NOTE: All studies that include plans to survey current University at Albany students must be approved by the Office of Institutional Research Planning and Effectiveness (IRPE) before the study submission is made to the IRB. This does not include Psychology 101 Pool studies. More information from IRPE may be found here.

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Research involving use of Human Tissue Samples

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