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Information for Investigators

Below you will find information regarding the steps in the IRB process and what is required from you, the investigator. Read this information carefully. If you have questions regarding the IRB process, please contact your College Representative for further guidance. 

For student investigators, please read the Student Investigators Guide before beginning the IRB process.

 

ATTENTION: No participants may be approached or any research activities begun (including obtaining data and conducting data analysis) until you have received official IRB approval along with an approval memo and documents. This includes pilot study activities.

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is an administrative body established to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects recruited to participate in research activities conducted under the auspices of the institution with which it is affiliated.

Any research or clinical investigation, whether funded or unfunded, that involves human subjects conducted by NSU faculty, staff, and/or students shall be under the jurisdiction of the IRB. The IRB is responsible for determining and assuring that:

  1. the welfare and rights of human subjects are adequately protected and informed consent given, if necessary;
  2. human subjects are not placed at unreasonable physical, mental, or emotional risk as a result of research;
  3. the necessity and importance of the research outweighs the risks to the subjects; and
  4. the researcher(s) is/are qualified to conduct research involving human subjects.

Any activity that meets either of the following listed below, requires review and approval by the Nova Southeastern University (NSU) IRB:

  1. The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) definition of both “research” and “human subjects”
  2. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) definitions of both “clinical investigation” and “human subjects”

Use the following checklist to determine if your study requires NSU IRB approval:

If after completing the above checklist, you believe your study may not need IRB approval, please complete the Human Subjects Research Determination xForm in IRBManager. Visit our IRBManager Resources page for more information regarding the completion of this form.

Below you will find information regarding the steps in the IRB process and what is required from you, the investigator. Read this information carefully. If you have questions regarding the IRB process, please contact your College Representative for further guidance.

  1. Read all of the information for investigators on this webpage.
  2. For student investigators, please read the Student Investigators Guide and verify you have the following:
    1. For student research related to a thesis/dissertation, students must receive official approval of their thesis/dissertation proposal prior to beginning the IRB process.
    2. For student research unrelated to a thesis/dissertation, students must receive approval of their research proposal from their academic/faculty advisor prior to beginning the IRB process.
  3. Review the NSU IRB Guidance Sheets and other helpful links listed on this page.
  4. Complete the required CITI Human Subjects Protection Training.
  5. Create a profile in IRBManager.*
  6. Complete the Researcher Qualification xForm.*
  7. Complete and submit the New Protocol Submission xForm.*
  8. Additional requirements:
    • Exempted submissions: File Amendments and an annual Exempt Research Status.*
    • Expedited & Full submissions: File Amendments, Continuing Review, and Closing Report.*

 *Information for completing steps 5-8 can be found on the IRBManager Resources webpage.

As an investigator, you are responsible for the following:
  1. For student investigators: Receiving official approval of your thesis/dissertation or research proposal prior to beginning the IRB process.
  2. Completing the required CITI Human Subjects Protection Training. This training must be kept current by all study team members for the duration of the study until it has been officially closed. Recertification is required every 3 years.
  3. Completing the New Protocol Submission xForm and receiving official IRB approval prior to approaching any participants or beginning any research activities. Upon approval, you will receive an approval memo and other documents.
  4. Conducting study as approved in your New Protocol Submission xForm and filing an Amendment xForm prior to implementing any changes to your study. This applies to all submission; exempted, expedited, and full reveiw.
  5. For Exempted submissions; annually filing the Exempt Research Status xForm.
  6. For Expedited and Full review submissions; annually filing the Continuing Review xForm if your study is still collecting or analyzing data.
  7. For Expedited and Full Submisison; submitting a Closing Report xForm upon completion of all research related activities, including data analysis.
  8. Reporting any unexpected or adverse events immediately to the IRB Office.

The Office of Human Research Protections provides Human Subject Regulations Decision Charts that are useful in understanding the different levels of IRB Review.

The following links provide an overview of the NSU IRB review process from the initial submission of your research protocol to the final approval.

Please click here to download a PDF version of this information: IRB Review Process Flow Map
The convened IRB meets once a month to review protocol submissions that require full review procedures. Please click HERE for the scheduled meetings of the convened IRB.

Survey Instrument Development Guidance

This guidance sheet provides an overview of how researchers gather preliminary information, test research design or methods, and develop survey instruments for their research submission. 

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