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STEP 1: Determine if a Protocol Submission to the WVU IRB is Needed

To determine if your project is considered human subjects research (under the federal definition of research and human subjects), please visit WVU OHRP's Not Human Subjects Research/Not Research Page. You project must meet BOTH the definition of human subjects and research to require IRB review.

Is this project human subjects research?

STEP 2: Determine the Protocol Type for the Project

If your project is considered research or a protocol submission is recommended, click on the link below to access the decision tool for determining the protocol type. This information will assist you in understanding the information needed for your protocol submission.

What protocol type is this project considered?

STEP 3: Complete the Required Training

Review the Training Information

STEP 4: Complete a WVU Data Protection Certificate Request Form

Click on the link below to access the University's Data Protection request form. Depending on your answers and the assessed risk of the data, you will be emailed a Data Protection Certificate that will include the approved storage plan, and information related to notifications sent to other departments.  The form is required for all Initial and New Protocols.

Data Protection Request Form Guidance

STEP 5: Submit a Protocol Application to the WVU IRB

Before submitting the protocol application, review the requirements for the protocol type and the protocol submission prep checklist.

Protocol Types and Requirements

Protocol Submission Prep Checklist

Create the protocol application and submit to the WVU IRB. Access to the WVU+kc electronic protocol submission system is automatic for students and all employees. There is no need to request access.

Login to WVU+kc

NOTE: Human Subjects Research CANNOT begin until the protocol submission is approved and all other approvals are received (data agreements, software licenses, export control approvals, participant payment method approvals).

STEP 6: Conduct the Research

Amendments, renewals, and event reporting may be required throughout the project for some protocol types.

Submission and Management

STEP 7: Close the Research Project

At the conclusion of the project, complete the closure process and dispose of data as required by agreement and institutional policy.

Closure Process