All research involving human subjects must be registered in one way or another with the Institutional Review Board. Some research in which there is essentially no risk to subjects is exempt from the requirement that they be reviewed by the full Board. They still need to be reviewed by the Chair of the IRB. Some examples of such research are: Research conducted in established or commonly accepted educational settings involving normal educational practices; research involving the collection or study of existing data, documents, records, pathological specimens, or diagnostic specimens; taste and food quality evaluation and consumer acceptance studies.

The Institutional Review Board usually meets on the third Thursday of every month. In order for the Board members to have a chance to review incoming materials for full Board review, 14 copies of the Institutional Review Board Application Form and 14 copies of the Consent Form and other supporting document need to be submitted by 12:00 NOON on the SECOND Thursday of the month (one week ahead of the Board meeting date). Also, include copies of any questionnaires, letters to appropriate school or hospital administrators, etc., which are part of your proposal, with each set of your application. Do not staple individual sections of the application. Clip together each copy of the entire application and supporting documents as one set. Turn these materials in to the Institutional Review Board Office, 960 Technology Blvd., Room 127 Molecular Biosciences Bldg., Bozeman, MT 59718. For information and assistance, call 406-994-6783.  NOTE:  If you are requesting an expedited review of your proposal you only need to submit three (3) copies of the application, consent form and other related materials.

After the Institutional Review Board reviews your proposal, you can expect a written response from the Chair of the committee usually within one week after the Board meeting. If no problems are found with your proposal, you will be granted approval for a period of one year. If the Board raises concerns regarding your protocol, you will be asked to address these before your proposal will be approved.

If the research is believed to be exempt, the investigator should submit the form entitled Request for Designation of Research as Exempt from the Requirement of Institutional Review Board Review.  These applications must be accompanied by documentation that all investigators involved in the research have received education and instruction in the protection of the rights of human subjects and the ethical conduct of human research (CITI training).

For research that is not exempt, the investigator should submit copies of the standard Application Form for full committee or expedited review.  These applications must be accompanied by documentation that all investigators involved in the research have received education and instruction in the protection of the rights of human subjects and the ethical conduct of human research. CITI training is the only certification that MSU will accept.