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Approval Process Summary for Prospective Researchers

The research Institutional Review Board (IRB) requires submission of a detailed protocol describing the background, hypotheses or research questions, and methodology for collecting and analyzing data. The IRB will also review any research budget requests.

Research Protocol Guidelines for generating this proposal are available online and will be used to evaluate each proposal. Researchers must attend a meeting of the IRB (scheduled for the second Thursday of each month), present their proposed projects, and answer any of the committee's questions.

If the research involves human participants, researcher must also include with the protocol a Research IRB Application for Initial Review, a Consent Form, and, depending on the age and cognitive ability of the participants, an assent form.

Two sample informed consent forms and guidelines are available online. Each of these examples contains the pertinent information, presented in different styles. The shells may be used as framework for the informed consent.

The IRB meets on the second Thursday of each month at 11:00 a.m. Plan to attend the meeting to do a short presentation and address board members' questions. Please contact IRB at research.irb@maryfreebed.com to confirm your attendance and to obtain meeting details. Researchers may also contact Krisanne Chapin, Chair of research IRB, for additional resources on consent form development as well as to answer any questions regarding the process of obtaining approval.

When research is of minimal risk, the protocol may be eligible for expedited review by the Chair or Vice Chair of the research IRB.

Click here for a link to a step by step outline of the Mary Free Bed research process.

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