The Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews research studies to protect the rights of participants. The Northland College IRB requires that all investigators conducting research with human participants complete training with the National Institute of Health. If you have questions, please email the IRB.
All research with human participants performed by faculty, students, and staff must receive formal approval in advance of the research activities by the Institutional Review Board.
- First, determine whether an application is required
- If an application is necessary, complete an application form. A complete application will include all of the following materials:
- Application form
- Research instruments (e.g., surveys, interview guides, focus group guides)
- Consent forms (use and adapt this template)
- Recruitment materials
- Other institutions’ IRB approvals (applicable only for studies taking place in another institution or country)
- NIH training certificates (or equivalent human subjects protection training)
- Research Conflict of Interest Disclosure forms
- Student research applications will be reviewed by the faculty sponsor using a Class Research Project Evaluation Form. The instructor will then forward all application materials and completed form to the IRB. The IRB will review the forms and confirm the instructor’s determination within one week.
- Wait for an IRB determination. Expedited reviews are completed within two weeks of submission, and full board reviews are completed with one month of submission. If an application is incomplete or if the reviewer needs additional information, the review may take longer.
Approvals are granted for one year. After one year, researchers should apply for a renewal using an Annual Review Form.
If you would like to make changes to an approved study, please complete a Modification Form.
Please review the IRB policies and procedures prior to submitting your application.