Make sure an application is required for your specific project before you prepare your application. See the IRB FAQ page or contact our office for further information.
If your project does involve “human subjects,” determine the type of submission necessary: exempt, expedited or full board review. See our Applications page or contact our office for further information.
Consult with our office during protocol development prior to submission. Our staff will help you to develop your protocol and screen it before it is sent to IRB review so it will sail smoothly through the review process.
Plan your project early. Be sure to review the application forms while you develop your protocol and consider the logistical details regarding how you will execute the project.
Prepare your protocol with the audience perspective in mind: The research project must be described in enough detail so that the audience has a sufficient understanding of how the study will be performed, particularly for those procedures related to all interactions, whether direct or indirect, with subjects.
Ensure all applicable supporting documents are provided with the application. This includes recruitment materials, consent documents, research instruments, site permission letters, grant applications/contracts, sponsor protocols, investigator brochures, FDA-required documentation, and/or VA-required documents.
Ensure the protocol and supporting documents contain consistent information throughout the application.
Ensure the protocol application is complete, clear, accurate, and signed correctly.
Ensure all research personnel have completed human subjects training. If non-University of Nevada, Reno or non-VA training was completed, ensure documentation is provided to verify the training.
Ensure graduate committee approval for master’s thesis or dissertation projects has been obtained prior to IRB submission.