Individuals who engage in human research and/or clinical investigation activities and who act on behalf of MSU, exercise institutional authority or responsibility, or perform institutionally (MSU) designated activities are subject to MSU Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) policies and procedures.

  • This includes the requirement to obtain MSU IRB review and approval, an MSU IRB exempt determination, or to submit an application to the MSU HRPP to request reliance upon an external (non-MSU) IRB.

  • Individuals can include faculty, staff, students, contractors, and volunteers, among others, regardless of whether the individual is receiving compensation.

  • For more information, please see MSU HRPP Manual 4-12, Engagement: https://hrpp.msu.edu/help/manual/4-12.html

  • If you have any questions on whether an MSU IRB submission is required, please contact the MSU HRPP.

It is important to note that if MSU receives an award through a contract, grant, or cooperative agreement to conduct human research (i.e. MSU is the awardee institution), even where all activities involving human subjects are carried out by employees or agents of another institution, MSU is typically considered “engaged” in the human research and an MSU IRB submission is required.