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IRBNet Forms & Documents Logo is a web based document management system located in Cambridge, MA to which the HRRC is a subscriber. All GVSU research projects that require Human Research Review Committee review must use  this system.

You must register on IRBNet and provide a valid e-mail address. Due to vulnerability and software interface needs, we recommend using a GVSU e-mail address rather than a commercial e-mail address.

To register, go to: NOT USE THE DEMO VIDEO there. It is a marketing tool, not helpful for registering.

After you register on IRBNet you will need to Create a New Project file on IRBNet and upload the relevant documents to the file. Every project requires a New Application Form. Some projects also require different supplementary forms or materials such as  consent forms, data use agreements, permission letters, etc.  These documents and instructions for them are available on this web site and also in the IRBNet system in the tab FORMS LIBRARY on the left side of the screen. Any document may be downloaded and saved on a hard drive or removable storage device. STUDENTS: If you are unsure of whether your planned research project requires HRRC approval, complete the Checklist for Student Protocol Submission (#1 in the Forms box below). Take your results to your research advisor who will help you determine if HRRC approval is necessary.

For new protocols, two actions are required. First, the researcher must start a new project, second, the project must be approved by the researcher's authorizing official.

See the appropriate instructions in the Instructions for Submitting Materials box.

  1. NEW ONLINE APPLICATION FORMS ARE HERE When completed, the form will allow you to save a pdf version of the form to your hard drive. That document must be uploaded to IRBNet new project file along with any supplementary materials needed for the study.
  2. Supplemental Study Materials (consent forms, authorizations, data extraction tools, surveys, etc. These are required for some studies but not all. For example, all Non-exempt studies require written consent forms but Exempt studies do not.
  3. Signing (Authorizing/Approving) a study. Both the principal investigator (lead researcher) and his or her Authorizing Official must sign the initial application package when it is submitted to the protocol file. No protocol will be reviewed by the HRRC until it has both signatures electronically recorded on the protocol file. The Authorizing Official varies by academic department or unit. For faculty it is usually the department chair unless that role has been designated to another person in the department. For students, it is their research advisor (not academic advisor) and possibly also their department chair or designee (this varies by department - check with your research advisor or department office if you are unsure).
  4. Additional forms also may be required depending on the nature of the research study. For questions, call (616-331-3197) or e-mail ( the HRRC office.

After closing (completing) your study, you must complete the Closed Protocol Reporting form.The protocol reporting form is a quick and easy way for the HRRC to collect required information from investigators about characteristics of their study. To complete the form, you will need the data from your study, including participant demographics. After completing the Closed Protocol form online, please follow the instructions below (#7 - Closing a Research Study) to upload the form content to IRBNet.

IRBNet Home Page (and login)

Clicking each link will automatically download a Word document.