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. 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. Some applications may be submitted as email attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org, but it is highly advisable to check in advance via email. Advisor signoffs, if not otherwise feasible, may be obtained electronically, but check with the IRB first. 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, and each form includes embedded instructions.
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.