Institutional Review Board

Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects Research

Many disciplines at RISD engage human subjects in the course of their creative work and research. When this research is “a systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge” and involves identifiable, private information and/or the collection of data through interaction or intervention with human participants, then it is likely that the project will require IRB review.  An Institutional Review Board (IRB) is an internal committee established to review and approve research involving human subjects.

Effective June 8, 2015, Brown University is providing IRB services to RISD faculty, staff and students as part of a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) between the two institutions. The Brown IRB is a standing committee of the University Faculty and includes a RISD faculty member, as well as an unaffiliated community member. The board reviews and approves all research and related activities involving human participants. The board weighs the risks and benefits of participation to help protect the health and best interests of research participants and ensures that all human subject research is conducted in accordance with ethical guidelines, federal and state regulations and institutional policies. All review is completed prior to the beginning of human research activities.

RISD has an internal IRB Working Group that reviews RISD IRB requests, provides information and guidance to next steps and refers researchers to the Brown IRB. This group is comprised of:

Claudia Rebola, Associate Professor in Industrial Design and current Brown IRB member; Jennifer Prewitt-Freilino, Associate Professor of Psychology from the History, Philosophy + the Social Sciences Department

If you are a RISD researcher interested in IRB approval or CITI training or are wondering if your activities need IRB review, please contact RISD Research or for more information on whether your project requires IRB review, please also review these guidelines.

CITI Protection of Human Subjects training through Brown is accessible to all RISD community members and is required for all principal investigators and research staff. Log into and set up an account with Brown University as the affiliated institution, then select Group 1: Biomedical and Social / Behavioral Research Investigators and Key Personnel. – Basic Course.

More information on dates, process and policies can be found on the Brown IRB website. A copy of the Brown IRB Research Protocol Form and instructions can be accessed here.






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