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IRB Protocol Assistance

The IRB office offers bi-weekly open office hours for researchers who are planning to submit, or are in the process of revising, new applications (protocols) for IRB review, amendments, or annual renewals of their human participant research projects. Open office hours are currently scheduled at the following times and locations:

  • Tuesdays, 10am to 12pm: Room 320-D, East Hill Office Building (395 Pine Tree Rd.); via phone at 607-254-5162; or via online live chat (click on the chat "button" below)
  • Thursdays, 2 to 4pm: Room 320-3, East Hill Office Building (395 Pine Tree Rd.); via phone at 607-255-6182; or via online live chat (click on the chat "button" below)

IRB staff will be on hand to provide one-on-one assistance in the following areas:

  • Answering questions about the information required in each section of the protocol;
  • Addressing reviewer questions/comments appropriately;
  • Discussing options for informed consent forms and processes;
  • Providing guidance on more complex research design issues:
    • Research using physiological devices or biomedical procedures
    • Investigator responsibilities for research on sensitive topics or use of deception methods
    • Use of social media or other emerging technologies in research

You are invited to take advantage of these opportunities to get hands-on, specific assistance for your applications for IRB review. Doing so will most likely reduce the need for revisions to an application and the overall cycle time for approval of submissions. It will also help the IRB staff better understand the nature of the issues that researchers experience when designing their research and trying to understand IRB requirements.

Upcoming Office Hours (click calendar item to see details)