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Human Subject Study and Animal Study Policies & Guidelines

Human Subject Study proposals are reviewed by either the Committee on Grants (COG) or the Institutional Review Board (IRB), and Animal Study proposals by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).

Research involving human subject studies

Please read the following documents and guidelines regarding Human Subject Studies if you have not already done so (the links below require an F&M login ID):

To submit a new Human Subject Study application:

  1. Download the Sample Human Subject Study Application form  so that you may prepare your responses in advance.
  2. Download and complete the Research or Community-Based Learning human subject study form . This document will be used to upload when completing the online Human Subject Study Application form.
  3. If applicable, prepare a separate document to upload with the questions you will use in your survey or interview.  Be sure to include the URLs for any ads, surveys, etc. that will be used.
  4. If applicable, prepare your Informed Consent form to upload.  Be sure to include the required text in the Informed Consent form as described in the Elements of Informed Consent document.
  5. When you have prepared all your documents, access the online Human Subject Study Application form with your F&M id.
  6. COG or IRB will review the proposal and an e-mail notification will be sent to the Principal Investigator/s and the Advisor (if applicable).

 To renew a Human Subject Study application:

  1. Download the Sample Human Subject Study Renewal Application so that you may prepare your responses in advance.
  2. If applicable, prepare your Informed Consent form to upload.  Be sure to include the required text in the Informed Consent form as described in the Elements of Informed Consent document.
  3. When you have prepared all your documents, access the online Human Subject Study Renewal Application form with your F&M id.
  4. COG or IRB will review the proposal and an e-mail notification will be sent to the Principal Investigator/s and the Advisor (if applicable). 

Research involving animal studies:

The following instructions are for new IACUC applications:

  1. Download the Sample IACUC Application so that you may prepare your responses in advance.
  2. Download and complete the IACUC Questions form.
  3. Save the form to upload during the online application process.
  4. If applicable, prepare a separate document (pdf) to upload with your responses to 12.a-12.d and the veterinarian's signature.
  5. When you have prepared all your documents, access the online IACUC Application form with your F&M id.
  6. IACUC will review the proposal and an email notification will be sent to the Principal Investigator/s and Advisor (if applicable).

The following instructions are for IACUC renewals:

  1. Download the Sample IACUC Renewal Application so that you may prepare your responses in advance.
  2. Access the online IACUC Renewal Application form with your F&M id.
  3. IACUC will review the proposal and an email notification will be sent to the Principal Investigator/s and Advisor (if applicable).

Note:  PHS Policy requires that a complete IACUC review of PHS supported protocols be conducted at least once every three years.  This triennial review is interpreted by OLAW as a requirement for de novo review, meaning that the crtieria and procedures for review specified in IV.C of the PHS Policy must be applied not less than once every three years.  The three-year period begins on the actual date of IACUC approval.

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