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IRB

General Information

The NYU office that oversees the IRB process is called the University Committee on Activities Involving Human Subjects (UCAIHS). The UCAIHS website contains all of the forms needed to download in order to submit an IRB application. It also provides documents with guidelines about how to address a range of issues related to conducting research with human subjects. Here is a list of some of the guideline documents they provide:

  • Collaborative research involving human subjects
  • Prisoner Guidance
  • Undergraduate Student (Classroom) Research
  • Language for Consent Forms
  • Language for Parental Permission Forms
  • Language for Child Assent (under age 12)
  • Sample Language for Consent Forms
  • International Research
  • Instructions for Events Requiring Prompt Reporting to the IRB (UPIRSO)
  • Summary Guidance on Certificates of Confidentiality

Go to the web page that has these documents as well as all the application forms.

The SSSW Office for Research will provide assistance in navigating the IRB process for funded research.

Dates of IRB Submission for Review

Completion of Tutorials and Certification

Users of the NYU IRB must complete the NYU tutorial on human subjects research as well as a certification exam. Go to the web page for the tutorial and the web page for the certification exam.

Is IRB Review Needed for My Research?

Some projects involving human subjects do not need IRB approval. For example, class projects that are non-intrusive, do not focus on risk populations, and that are not intended to be published often do not require IRB review. Determine if your project requires review.

Types of Review

Once you have determined that your research requires review, there are three types of review you can request:

Exempt review is sought for minimum risk studies. Exempt research falls into one of six categories and requires answering “no” to a set of explicit questions. Download a description of the categories and relevant questions.  If your research is exempt, you still must submit an application form to get confirmation from the NYU IRB that exempt status is warranted. For the application form, see below.

Expedited review also must be minimal risk, however there can be mild deception. These applications are not reviewed by the full board, but instead by single or double reviewers from the board. The process is not necessarily faster than exempt but usually faster than full board review. Download a description of criteria to determine expedited status

Full board review is required for research on sensitive topics with minor children, research on prisoners, pregnant women, impaired adults, research on illegal activities such as drug use, research on private activities such as sexual behavior, research on FDA approved drugs and devices presenting more than minimal risk, non-FDA approved drugs and devices, and research that employs deception or withholding of complete information during initial consent.

Types of Applications

Once you have determined that your research requires review and the type of review that is appropriate, there are four types of applications you can pursue:

New Applications (also called Initial Reviews): New applications that have never been reviewed by the UCAIHS before. Submit new applications to apply.humansubjects@nyu.edu

Revisions: Revisions in response to the IRB’s initial review. These use the same form as the new applications but are a revised version. Submit revisions to revise.humansubjects@nyu.edu

Amendments: Amendments to existing research protocols. These are not in response to an IRB request for change, but are initiated by the researcher (for instance, due to changes in sample size, etc). Submit amendments to amend.humansubjects@nyu.edu

Continuing Review: Applications for previously approved and seeking renewed approval. Submit continuing review applications to continue.humansubjects@nyu.edu.

For Exempt Status, submit applications to exempt.humansubjects@nyu.edu.

Application Forms

Download the following application forms:

Affirmation from UCAIHS that you do not need human subjects review for your project

Application for exempt review.

Application for expedited review. This form is a checklist and is submitted with the general form for an initial review (below).

General form for an initial review.

Application for an amendment in a project

Application for a continuing review.

All new applications require that you submit an investigator checklist.

It typically is necessary to submit copies of recruitment materials, consent forms, and research instruments/surveys with the application. Investigators should submit copies of their protocols in MS Word and attach a scanned PDF copy of the signature page.

Contact with UCAIHS

To ask questions of UCAIHS via email, use Ask.humansubjects@nyu.edu. To review the status of your application, use status.humansubjects@nyu.edu. The general phone number for UCAHIS is (212) 998-4808.

Key contact persons in the NYU IRB office are:

Alison Dewhurst, Human Research Compliance Director, ad105@nyu.edu

Julie Washington, Senior IRB Administrator, jaw13@nyu.edu

Marguarette Bolton-Blatt, CIP, IRB Administrator, mmb1@nyu.edu

Brenda Rodriguez, IRB Coordinator, brenda.rodriguez@nyu.edu

Jessica Jackson, IRB Coordinator, jessica.jackson@nyu.edu

DROP-IN CONSULTATION HOURS WITH UCAIHS

See the drop-in hours for UCAIHS for one-on-one, face-to-face consultation for IRB projects or IRB issues.

Current 2014 Schedule

SSSW Contact Person

Dr. Trudy Festinger, a member of the IRB and a faculty member in SSSW, has kindly offered to answer questions about IRB issues if you encounter unusual circumstances or need advice on how to address an IRB matter. 

IRB Workshops

UCAIHS offers workshops on selected topics. OFR staff have attended the workshops and taken brief notes on key points within them. These notes are available here. These seminars and the notes reproduced herein do NOT necessarily represent formal policies on the part of the UCAIHS:

Notes on conducting research in schools

Notes on conducting research in international settings

Notes on avoiding collaborating organizations from having to obtain their own IRB review. The Health and Human Services webpage for guidelines NYU uses to determine if collaborating organizations are "engaged in research."

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