Human and Animal Research 

Human Subject Study proposals at Franklin & Marshall are reviewed by  the Institutional Review Board (IRB), and Animal Study proposals by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).

Research involving Human Subjects

Before you pursue research involving human subjects, please read the following documents and guidelines regarding Human Subject Studies. 

(NOTE: The links below require an F&M login ID)

 

To submit a new Human Subject Study application:

  1. 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.
  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 and complete the online Human Subject Study Application form with your F&M ID.
  4. The 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 or amend an existing Human Subject Study application:

  1. 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.
  2. When you have prepared all your documents, access and complete the online Human Subject Study Renewal/Amendment Application form with your F&M id.
  3. 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). 

Every approved protocol must be renewed every year just prior to the approval date, and the protocol must be resubmitted in full every three years.

Please contact the IRB Chair, Marcus Thomsen (marcus.thomsen@fandm.eduor the IRB Coordinator, Kathy Hertzler (kathy.hertzler@fandm.edu), if you have any questions or need assistance with the forms.

 

 

 

Research Involving Animal Studies 

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approves and oversees vertebrate animal research at Franklin & Marshall College.

 
IACUC Applications For Research Involving Vertebrate Animals:
  1. Before submitting the IACUC Application for Research Involving Vertebrate Animals , please download and complete the IACUC Proposal Form.
  2. Use the following naming convention to rename the form: IACUC_(last name)_(10 charater project title abbreviation)_(date submitted, mm-dd-yyyy). For example: if Molly Dellinger submits a proposal titled, "Gecko Life," on April 5, 2016, she would rename her file IACUC_Dellinger_GeckoLife_04-06-2016. This helps the committee keep track of  your proposal.
  3. When you have completed and renamed your IACUC Proposal Form, please access the online application titled, IACUC Application Form for Research Involving Vertebrate Animals.
  4. The IACUC will review your proposal. If there are any issues to be addressed, you will be notified and asked to respond. When the committee determines that all issues (if any) have been resolved sufficiently to approve the proposed research , you will receive a notice of approval by email.

PHS Policy requires that a complete (de novo) IACUC review of  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 PHS Policy IV.C.1.􀀁4. 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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IACUC RENEWAL

The IACUC shall conduct continuing review (renewal) of each previously approved, ongoing activity annually until the triennial review due date at which time a de novo review is required.

  • If this is your first or second renewal, and your existing active protocol hasn't lapsed, please complete the IACUC Annual Renewal Application form. You will need a copy of the previously approved protocol as part of this renewal application.
  • The IACUC will review the renewal request, and if approved, the IACUC Administrator will notify the Principal Investigator(s) and the Advisor, if applicable, of the committee's decision.

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IACUC Form for Amending an Existing Active Protocol

 

Please contact the IACUC Chair, Marcus Thomsen (marcus.thomsen@fandm.eduor the IACUC Coordinator, Molly Dellinger (molly.dellinger@fandm.edu), if you have any questions or need assistance with the forms.