Initial Submissions

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Initial Application for Human Research Form

This form is no longer in use.  Instead, for all studies, log into ESTR: irb.harvard.edu and select "Create New Study."

Research Protocol

Submit this document for any new human research activities via ESTR: irb.harvard.edu (Note that this form is not required for Not Human Subjects Research Requests).  The Research Protocol will also need to be updated when requesting modifications where applicable.

Secondary Use of Research Samples/Data Application

This form is no longer in use.  Instead, for all studies, log into ESTR: irb.harvard.edu and select "Create New Study." (Note that a Research Protocol is now required for all Human Subjects Submissions.)

Exemption Request  *UPDATE*

This form is now available pending consultation with the Quality Improvement Program. If your human research activities may be exempt, please request a consultation here.

Not Human Subjects Research Determination Request

Investigators are responsible for not conducting Human Research without prior IRB review and approval. If investigators have questions about whether an activity is Human Research, contact the IRB office.  If an investigator wishes to obtain a written determination, log into ESTR: irb.harvard.edu and select "Create New Study." (Be prepared to upload the Not Human Subjects Request Form in lieu of a Research Protocol.)
Questions about what to submit? Please contact us.