There are three types of research proposals:
A description of each type of research proposal and instructions for completing the application process is presented below. Please refer to the Research Proposal Checklist prior to completing any of the IRB forms. The checklist is provided for your convenience in order to ensure that you submit all the necessary materials.
A full review by the IRB will be conducted for research that involves greater than minimal risk. A full review must be conducted at a meeting of the IRB under the procedures established below. In order to approve research under a full review, the IRB will consider the following:
Proposals for full review must include:
Full Reviews take place once a month during the academic year. A current meeting schedule is available at:
An expedited review by the IRB will be conducted for research that involves no more than minimal risk or to review minor changes in previously approved research. An expedited review may be conducted by the IRB Chair and by one or more reviewers designated by the Chair from among IRB members. In order to insure that all members have involvement in the expedited review process, the Chair will designate reviewers on a rotating basis. Care will be taken in the selection of expedited reviewers to avoid a conflict of interest. The IRB expedited reviewer will make one of five recommendations: 1) proposal qualifies for exempt status, 2) proposal is approved as submitted, 3) proposal is approved with required revisions, 4) proposal should be revised and resubmitted, and 5) proposal should receive full review. The Chair of the IRB will make the final decision regarding approval of proposals that were revised and resubmitted for Expedited Review. When an expedited review procedure is used, all IRB members will be advised of research proposals that have been approved under the procedure. If issues of concern arise in the process of full or expedited review, the investigator will be provided the opportunity to respond to those concerns prior to any action on that review. Proposals for expedited review must include the same materials required for full review. The only difference is in the number of copies to be submitted to the IRB. Expedited reviews require the original and one copy of the entire proposal.
Exemptions from IRB Review pertain to research where the subjects are at no more than minimal risk, the subjects' confidentiality is maintained, and the research meets at least one of the six criteria for exemption. Research proposals that meet the criteria for exempt status must still be processed through the IRB, either directly or through a departmental review committee. The Chair of the IRB will make the decision regarding exemption approval when proposals contain a Request for Exempt Status. Proposals may be returned to the principal investigator if it does not provide sufficient information to make a determination about exemption. In this case, the PI may be asked to submit the proposal for expedited review.
Although a research project may meet the criteria for exempt status, it does not mean the study is exempt from meeting federal regulations regarding informed consent and storage of confidential materials. Proposals approved for Exempt Status are not required to submit a Continuing Review or Project Completion form. In the case of minors, only research conducted in established or commonly accepted educational settings may be considered for exempt status. In this situation, the research must be conducted in the minor's classroom or school by his/her teacher, instructor, or therapist. This does not apply to student teachers in locations outside of the MSUM campus. Proposals requesting exempt status must include (1) Human Research Approval Form; (2) Request for Exempt Status form; (3) letter of permission from institution(s) other than MSUM (if applicable); (4) copy of Informed Consent form or implied consent letter for surveys; and (5) 100-150 word abstract or summary of the proposed study. The abstract should contain information about the purpose and mechanics of the study, to include information about the subjects, the procedures and methods, data collection, etc. [See samples of abstracts by following this link.]
The following types of research are exempt from the required review (45 CFR 46.101b):