IRB Application Instructions - Research Category

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  • Check all categories that apply to your project

  • Education research means research that involves instructional design, curriculum, teaching or learning methods, etc.

  • Survey/interview means that your research will involve use of survey procedures (e.g. a set of written questions that are provided to subjects through online or paper means) or interview procedures (set of questions that are provided to subjects through verbal means, such as in person, over the phone)

  • Audio/video recording means use of any type of recording device including cameras, video recorders, computers, phones

  • Oral history means the collection of historical information with individuals with personal knowledge of past events

  • Internet-based means research that involves use of the internet to collect data

  • Analysis of existing data means research that involves data from human subjects that is existing at the time the application is submitted to the IRB (e.g education records, medical records)

  • International research means research that is conducted outside of the United States

  • Gene transfer research means research that involves the insertion of gene copies into human cells

  • Fetal research means research that involves a fetus

  • Stem cell research means research that involves stem cells

  • Medical imaging means using an instrument to collect images from inside the body

  • Oncology means the study and treatment of cancer

  • Clinical research means research with human subjects that seeks fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of human health systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability through patient oriented research, epidemiological and behavioral studies, and outcomes research and health services research. This includes the study of mechanisms of human disease, therapeutic interventions, clinical trials, and development of new technologies. *

  • Clinical trial means a type of clinical research study that prospectively assigns human subjects to a biomedical intervention (use of drugs, treatments, devices, or new ways of using known drugs, treatments, or devices) or behavioral intervention (dietary changes, exercise routines) to answer specific health related outcome questions about that intervention. ** MSU has adopted modified NIH definitions to track organizational metrics. However, legal and regulatory definitions (e.g. from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, may also apply to your research and require compliance with applicable regulations, laws, etc.

  • See “Definitions” on the website for clinical trial phases

Helpful HRPP Manual Sections


Question Number

  • Initial Application (Expedited and Full Board) - Question 16