Human Subjects Research & University Institutional Review Board (UIRB)
Please note that the following information only applies to the University IRB, not the Psychology IRB.
If your study can be transitioned from an in-person data collection plan (i.e. focus groups, interviews, etc.), to an online data collection plan, you can still conduct your research study in a modified format.
The UIRB will permit currently approved research to change study procedures that implement social distancing without submitting a traditional protocol modification request. This modification approval only applies to studies that are transitioning from an in-person data collection method to a digital or remote data collection method. Investigators may offer study information sheets to participants electronically or change a study procedure from in-person interviews/surveys to an online or telephone format. Investigators with a UIRB approved study do not need to seek prior approval from the UIRB to institute these changes but should inform the UIRB at the time of the next modification or renewal.
For more information regarding transitioning a study to a digital format, including informed consent procedures and best practices, please visit the UIRB website.
The UIRB office is operating remotely and continues to accept new submissions from researchers. During the summer months, an application review may take longer than those conducted during the regular academic year. However, the UIRB will make every effort to conduct reviews quickly and will consider that some research may have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 crisis – the UIRB is here to support researchers in conducting their studies.
Please be mindful of the limited capacity of the UIRB to review protocols during the summer months, and plan to submit a new application as early as possible to avoid delays in securing IRB approval.
If the project is time-sensitive, students should discuss alternative data collection procedures with their faculty sponsors and/or thesis/dissertation chair immediately. Many institutions, like hospitals and K-12 schools, may be closed to external researchers. This may severely impact a researcher’s ability to conduct their project as planned. For time-sensitive research, students may consider adapting their human subjects use to a remote format to allow for some data collection during this period.
Students may contact the IRB Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions related to adapting existing human subjects research plans to an alternate modality. The IRB Coordinator is also available for zoom meetings upon request.
The SERSCA Mini-Grants Program will accept applications beginning in July for funding requests to support student research in summer 2020. Mini-Grants are awards of up to $300 made directly to the student researcher, and funds can be used to purchase RSCA equipment, supplies, and materials. If a student’s project is approved by the appropriate campus committees to allow for on-campus RSCA work, that student may include funds for personal protective equipment (PPE) in the application budget. Eligible PPE items may include, but are not limited to: disposable face masks, gloves, Lysol wipes, and other cleaning materials.
The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program, commonly known as the McNair Scholars Program, provides summer research stipends to program participants and their faculty mentors for research conducted during the summer. Additionally, student researchers have access to a research supplies fund (include personal protective equipment) to ensure the successful completion of the research project.
The Research and Immersion for STEM Excellence (RISE) program allows STEM students to conduct faculty mentored and supervised research in their first two years on campus. The students are paid as Research Associates and have opportunities to travel at no cost to professional STEM conferences. The program also helps the students with academic excellence workshops and mentoring.
The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) allows program participants to apply for positions as paid Research Interns working under the supervision of a faculty mentor. The program is for STEM majors and provides mentoring and academic support, as well as workshops on career and graduate school preparation.
Student researchers should reach out to their faculty mentor and/or department for specialized guidance.
Faculty RSCA Awards
All currently funded RSCA awards have been granted a no-cost extension. Please contact Joyce Bell if you have questions related to your specific RSCA grant end-date.
We expect that due to COVID-19 there will be changes to your RSCA project. If any of these changes requires a modification to the awarded budget, please reach out to Joyce Bell to discuss the proposed changes.
Yes. We expect to hold a 2020/21 RSCA award competition. More information related to the total funds available for the upcoming competition and the competition guidelines will be provided in accordance with the Leaves and Awards Committee (LAC) calendar.
Sponsors may allow additional flexibility with deadlines because of COVID-19. Please communicate with your program or contract officer.
Researchers should document the impact of COVID-19 on their research and contact their sponsor program or contract officer.