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Institutional Review Board

The following outline is intended to assist researchers in determining if their projects require IRBapproval, and, if so, what procedures to follow. Click here for a graphical depiction of the outline.

  • Question 1: Is this research on human subjects?
    • If NO, then do not submit an IRB research proposal.
    • If YES, then proceed to Question 2.

Additional Decision Tree Resources

*Vulnerable Populations

*Students under the age of 18 participating in educational research are not considered vulnerable populations, provided that the research is conducted in established or commonly accepted educational settings and involves normal educational practices.

Read more on vulnerable populations using the NIH links below: