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is a web based document management system. All GVSU research projects that require Human Research Review Committee (HRRC) approval must be submitted to and stored on this system.

Below are two sets of documents that you will need as you prepare to submit a research study for approval. These forms and instructions are also available in the IRBNet system in the tab FORMS LIBRARY on the left side of the screen using drop down menus. Any document may be downloaded and saved on a hard drive or removable storage device.
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:

DO NOT USE THE DEMO VIDEO there. It is a marketing tool, not helpful for registering.

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. The first is completed by the researcher, the second is completed by the researcher's authorizing official.

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

  1. Application for New Protocol Review (a pdf form that is produced by completing the online application form for exempt and non-exempt protocols). NEW ONLINE APPLICATION FORMS ARE HERE
  2. Supplemental Study Materials (consent forms, authorizations, data extraction tools, surveys, etc.
  3. Signing (Authorizing/Approving) a study. Both the principal investigator (lead researcher) and his or authorizing official must sign the protocol file when it is complete and submitted for review on No protocol will be reviewed by the HRRC until it has both signatures electronically recorded on the protocol file.

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.Closed Protocol Reporting Form:

After submitting 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.