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The following links offer guidance to primary investigators submitting IRB protocols.

All necessary forms are available in the Forms section of the IRB website.

Getting Started

Note: Beginning July 1, 2018, the PACS system will be the only way to submit IRB proposals.

Register for a PACS account

Does your project require IRB oversight?

How to determine your project's level of review 

Projects reviewed and approved by another institution's IRB

Steps to IRB approval

Completing your Proposal

Frequently Asked Questions

Scope of IRB Review

Detailed explanations/guidelines for each protocol section

Conducting an online study online

Protocol Evaluation Checklist

Directions for merging documents 

Tips for IRB approval

Research in the Classroom

Classroom- and school-based research 

Determining whether a class project requires IRB oversight

Best practice for class projects

The role of the faculty advisor in student research

Research Participation and SONA

Conducting research with minors

Overview of SUNY Child Protection Policy

SUNY Child Protective Policy Guidance Document (PDF) 

SUNY Child Protection Policy Compliance & Guidance (webpage)   

SUNY Child Protection Policy

Please contact Pam Powell for Child Protection Policy training.

Informed Consent and Recruitment

Elements of informed consent

Recruitment guidelines

The following charts will help you determine whether you will be able to waive signed consent:

Chart 10: May Informed Consent Be Waived or Consent Elements Be Altered under 45 CFR 46.116(d)?

Chart 11: May Documentation of Informed Consent Be Waived Under 45 CFR 46.117(c)?

Privacy & Confidentiality

Privacy v. Confidentiality

Retaining research data & records 

Other Research Issues

Research with vulnerable populations


Compensation/incentives for subject participants

Quality Improvement Activities


Human Subjects Protection and the IRB (Class Presentation)

Human Subjects Protection and the IRB (Video — close-captioned)

Last Updated 9/14/18

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