The downloadable forms below are in Word document or pdf formats. If you are unable to access, print, or use these forms, please contact the IRB for alternatives. Please proofread and edit all documents carefully before submitting them. Spelling, typographical, and grammatical errors are unprofessional, distracting, and can convey unintended meanings. If submitting on paper, please submit one signed original plus a copy of your application, with all attachments including your certificate of NIH or CITI Program training, on single-sided pages with no staples. Applications may usually be submitted as email attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org, but it is highly advisable to check in advance via email. Signature submissions and approvals may be provided by scan of hand-signed pages, by e-signature, or via affirmations from official CGU email addresses. For all questions about IRB forms, procedures, or related issues, you are welcome and encouraged to contact the IRB before submitting your application.
IRB Application, Amendment, Renewal, and Closure Forms
Most form are available as fillable Word templates or flat pdf files. Each form includes embedded instructions. The main application form may be downloaded from the link below; the abbreviated form maybe used only for MTURK studies:
Exempt projects do not need to seek further IRB review at a standard interval; follow the instructions provided in the determination-of-exemption letter. Approvals of expedited and board-discussed protocols remain in effect for the period specified in the letter of approval, generally for one year. If data collection from human subjects has been completed and if personally identifying information that has been collected (if any) is no longer in active use, then CLOSURE rather than RENEWAL of the IRB review may be sought; see more detailed instructions on the CLOSURE form.
IRB Consent and Assent Forms--Instructions and Samples
Every research project has one or more unique features and requires a suitably customized informed consent form. The documents below are meant to assist applicants in developing an appropriate consent form. The Form with Embedded Instructions covers most of the typical variations in project characteristics. The sample forms are for two different types of fictional studies and are meant to illustrate how the forms would appear for such studies. We recommend that adult informed consent forms for general populations be written at an 8th grade level to the extent possible, so that all prospective participants can understand the elements of the research well enough to give truly informed consent to participate. For specially selected research populations who may be educationally disadvantaged or cognitively impaired--or uniformly well educated--different assumptions about the right level of complexity may be appropriate. Assent forms for minors (under 18 years of age) should be written in language that is developmentally appropriate to the age of the children. High school students should be able to understand the adult version.