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

To determine if your project is considered research (under the federal definition of research), or to determine if a protocol submission is recommended for your "not human subjects" project,  click on the link below to access a decision tool.  At the end of the form, you will be informed of whether or not your project is considered research and next steps.

Is this project considered 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


Before submitting a protocol application in WVU's electronic protocol submission system,  the University requires that you ensure the following for your research data:

  • The WVU/HSC ITS approved storage plan.
  • Software is approved.
  • Participant payment methods are approved
  • A Data Agreement is or is not required
  • Export Control is notified for international components

STEP 5: Submit a Protocol Application to the WVU IRB

Before submitting the protocol application, review the requirements for the protocol type:

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.

NOTE: Human Subjects Research CANNOT begin until the protocol submission is approved.

STEP 6: Conduct the Research

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

STEP 7: Close the Research Project

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

Closure Process