Elms Faculty & Staff


The purpose of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) is ensure the protection and rights of human participants in research studies.To this end, the IRB engages in three main activities:

1. The IRB reviews and implements current federal guidelines regarding the protection of human research participants. (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/hs/; http://www.apa.org/research/responsible/human/index.aspx)

2. The IRB reviews and approves all research proposals for faculty research and student research (with faculty supervision). The purpose of review is not to judge validity of the proposal but to ensure that ethical standards have been addressed and documented.

3. The IRB disseminates and provides educational opportunities for those who engage in research with human participants. This site provides instructions, forms, templates, and a forum for discussion of these topics for faculty members conducting or supervising research with human participants .


Please submit the following forms to irb@elms.edu. You can expect to receive a response to your proposal within a week.

1. IRB Research Proposal Form

To begin the IRB approval process. Please review and complete this document. You will need to submit all supporting documentation, including materials, recruitment and debriefing statements, research proposal, and evidence of PHRP training certificate.

ALL STUDENTS must have their proposals reviewed and signed by a supervising faculty member before applying for IRB approval.

2. Recruitment Form

Each study should have a recruitment statement that explains the nature of the study and the rights of the participants. Please use this form as a template.

3. Debriefing Form

the debriefing form comes at the conclusion of the study and is required if the study involves deception. It can also be used to conclude any study and contains the follow-up information. Please use this form as a template.

Ethics Training

Before conducting research with human participants, each member must complete the free ethics training course from NIH.  If you have completed either the NIH or the CITI training at another institution, please provide the certificate # and date.

1. NIH PHRP Ethics Training Course
The National Institute of Health provides a free ethics training course for those involved in human participant research. The name of this course is "Protecting Human Research Participants" or PHRP.

Successful completion of this course results in a certificate that can be printed, downloaded and emailed.
It is a module based course that can be completed in stages.

Many students in research methods courses complete this course as part of a course requirement regarding knowledge of ethics in research. It takes approximately 30-45 minutes to complete start to finish.

2. Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)

The CITI Program is a paid subscription ethics training course. For those who have taken this course at another institution, you may submit the certificate # and date, in place of the NIH certificate.