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Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is committed to protecting the rights and welfare of human subjects of research conducted on the campus or sponsored by the Institute.

Rensselaer subscribes to the basic ethical principles that underlie the conduct of biomedical and behavioral research involving human subjects as set forth in the Belmont Report, and in accordance with Title 45, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 46.

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) has the responsibility and authority to review, approve, disapprove, or require changes in research activities involving human subjects. This policy applies to all faculty, staff, and student projects, regardless of whether the project is funded externally, internally, or receives no funding support.

Researchers should refer to Rensselaer's Guidelines for Human Subjects Research to determine whether or not their research is indeed human subjects research, and/or if their research satisfies the requirements for expedited review by the IRB.

The Institutional Review Board has implemented an online protocol management system, called Mentor IRB, for the creation, submission and circulation of human subject research proposals.

The new system may be accessed at any time. In addition, pre-loaded input forms make proposal preparation faster, easier and more accurate, and automated reminders will help users keep track of when renewals are due.

Please note that submissions to the IRB by e-mail are no longer being accepted as of Monday, August 12, 2013.

*Mentor IRB

IRB Training Requirements

As federally mandated and required by the Rensselaer IRB, all investigators must complete a self-study course in human subject protection via the CITI Training Program. Each investigator on a research project involving human subjects is required to certify that they have completed the required course(s) before engaging in the research.

Basic IRB Review and Approval Procedure

  • The principal investigator* must complete the application form to submit proposed research protocols for review to the committee Chair.
  • The proposed protocols are reviewed to ensure that the science is appropriate and ethical according to accepted guidelines and that all personnel who will work on the project have received IRB training.
  • The approval period is for one year and may be renewed annually, subject to board review and approval.
  • All modifications to the approved protocol must be submitted using the Renewal/Closure form and re-approved in writing by the IRB prior to implementation.
  • When the research is finished, the PI must submit a Closure form to the IRB.

* The investigator who is primarily responsible for the conduct of the research. Students who are principal investigators must submit a letter of support from their faculty adviser.

Chair of the Institutional Review Board

Michael Kalsher, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Cognitive Science

Institutional Official (IO)

Wolf von Maltzahn, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Research (518) 276-4873; vonmaw@rpi.edu

Direct all inquiries to irb@rpi.edu

Rensselaer Resources for Human Subjects Research

How To Use Mentor IRB

IRB Proposal Summary

How to Renew a Study

How to Close Out a Study

Consent Form Templates:

Additional Resources

CITI Training Programs

Decision Chart

NIH Office of Human Subjects Research

Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP)

Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R)

Stem Cell Guidance

Subpart D: Additional Protections for Children Involved as Subjects in Research

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