As of January 2014, all investigators involved in a research project must complete online CITI Training prior to submitting an application for approval.
Investigators may NOT conduct human subjects research activities until they have obtained IRB approval.
Who approves research projects?
Ferris State University's Institutional Review Board (IRB) approves all research projects involving human subjects. The IRB's responsibilities include overseeing the protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects. Committee members are composed of Ferris faculty and community members with various backgrounds and research interests. For more information on committee members, visit the committee webpage.
1. All investigators (faculty, staff, or students) involved in a research project must complete CITI Training with a score of 80% or better before submitting their application to the IRB. Faculty and students in the Education, Criminal Justice, Pharmacy, Optometry, Nursing departments must complete additional required modules.
2. Submit application for approval to IRB@ferris.edu at least one month before the intended starting date. Step by step instructions are available to aid in correctly filling out the application.
Time Frame for Application Review
Estimated time span for the review and approval process is determined by type of review, as well as accuracy and completeness of applications submitted. A delay in review may be expected between semesters, during final examination periods and university closures.
The IRB determines approval of a project based on the following criteria:
Investigators must submit either a final report for completed projects or a request for extension for continuing projects. Requests for extension need to be submitted 30 days before the project's expiration date.
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