Please include IRB in the subject line of all email communications.
Meryl Nadel, Chair
Associate Professor, Social Work Department
Phone: (914) 633-2471
Tresmaine Grimes, Administrator
Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs
Phone: (914) 633-2206
This application form must be used by all researchers (faculty, staff, and students) whose intent is to further the scientific knowledge base through the public dissemination of the information gathered in the study. Research that is conducted with the primary aim of educating researchers should use the Tier II application form. See the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Code of Federal Regulations for the Public Welfare (Title 45) §46.201 for relevant definitions.
Response boxes have been provided for all requested information. The boxes will automatically expand to accommodate your answers. To ensure rapid review of your application, please provide answers that are thorough and clear; cryptic, confusing, and incomplete responses will simply delay approval. Keep in mind that the application is being judged for its compliance with ethical guidelines, not its scientific merit.
The purpose of this guide is to anticipate questions or issues that may arise as you complete the application form. The guide attempts to provide a point-by-point explanation. It is assumed that the applicant is familiar with the ethical issues addressed by this application as a result of his/her completion of the appropriate training modules. Please feel free to contact the IRB with any questions you may have about the application process or any comments you wish to provide regarding the application form or this guide.
For your convenience, links to the referent portions of these instructions have been embedded in the application form.
Principal investigator The principal investigator is the person at Iona College who is completing the application. This person is not necessarily the principal investigator as indicated in a grant application or in other documentation. Iona researchers involved in collaborative work at other institutions must complete this form even if none of the research activities will take place at Iona College. Adjunct faculty, part-time staff, and students (both undergraduate and graduate) must be supervised by a full-time faculty member or full-time staff member.
Research assistants List the names of project assistants, research assistants, graduate assistants or any other person(s) you supervise who will be in direct contact with the research participants or have access to participants' personal identifying information. If the assistants are not yet known (e.g., will be hired during the course of the project), list the anticipated numbers and their role within the project. Names and completion dates for CITI or NIH training should be reported to the board as soon as possible and must be given to the board before those individuals interact with the participants or the participants' personal identifying information.
Outside collaboration Research undertaken with collaborators from another institution and research that will be conducted at a site other than Iona College must be approved by all institutions involved or the board must be provided with an explanation of why that is not possible. In most cases, an approved IRB application from the other institution(s) will fulfill this requirement. If that application is under review, a copy of the application can be submitted with the Iona application and an approval letter (or other approval documentation) can be submitted to the Iona IRB prior to the onset of data collection.
Review type Indicate whether you are seeking an exempt, expedited, or full review. The committee will use this as a starting point for consideration. Based on the content of the application, the committee may select a different review option.
The principal investigator and any co-investigators from Iona College must sign the assurances page. Research assistants are not required to sign this document.
The signature of a full-time faculty member or full-time staff member serving as Project Supervisor is required if the Principal Investigator is a adjunct faculty, part-time staf or student.
Please be aware that applications with missing responses will be returned as incomplete. If the answer for a particular item is "none" or "not applicable," that should be indicated in the space provided.
I. Overview The overview should be clear and to the point, keeping in mind that board members are most likely not familiar with your discipline or particular line of research. Avoid the use of jargon or overly technical terms that will require further clarification (and, thereby, delay the approval process). In most cases, this section should be completed in 150 words or fewer. Do not copy and paste large sections of a grant application, for example, into the box provided.
II. Benefits to Research Participants The issue here is whether it is anticipated that serving as a research participant will have a direct benefit to the participant, beyond any compensation that may be provided. Do not list benefits that may accrue in the future to similar individuals, but rather focus on current, discernible benefits (e.g., improved mental health or increased skill at math).
III. Potential risks Do not list "none" for this item unless there will be no direct contact with the participants. If appropriate, you may state that the risk is minimal and no more than that encountered in everyday life.
VI. Informed consent If informed consent will be obtained through direct interaction with the participant, include that statement in the supplied area. If that is not the case, explain why it is necessary to use an alternative procedure (e.g., survey posted online) or why obtaining consent will not be possible (e.g., it would destroy the integrity of the study). It is expected that the consent form will be read or paraphrased to the participant, unless the researcher explains why this cannot be done.