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New to Human Subjects Research

If you are new to human subjects research, the IRB process can be overwhelming. This checklist will help you get started.


Request a W number and RSP Gateway account. For more information, please see the Account Application page.


Complete CITI Training

Go to www.citiprogram.org to take the online human subjects training course. For more information, please see the Training & Education page.


If you are a student, find a faculty adviser. Faculty advisers are responsible for monitoring all aspects of student research; student research cannot be submitted without a faculty adviser.


Create your local protocol, consent forms, recruitment scripts, and any other documents needed for your study.

Local protocol check lists are available on the Templates & Check Lists page.


Obtain necessary permissions. These may be letters of support for non-Wright State University locations, database access permissions, and/or rights to use certain measures.


Complete & submit the initial IRB application in RSP Gateway.

For assistance, please see the Initial application page.


Wait for IRB response. The IRB review process takes time. Please allow two weeks before contacting our office for follow up.


Respond to requested modifications in a timely manner. Most applications will require at least one round of modifications, especially if this is your first time submitting.


Receive IRB approval. Once your study receives IRB approval, you need to download the official stamped version of consent documents to use in your study.


Manage your study. Please review the information located on the general information page on filing amendments, continuations, reportable events, and responsible record keeping.