Institutional Review Board for Health Sciences Research (IRB-HSR)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

IRB-HSR Grant Application Submission

What needs to be included in the human subjects section of a grant application
(Section E for NIH Grants)?

Protection of Human Subjects

This section should include:

 *Note- only those protocols being done under an IND or IDE should reference 21CFR50.

Inclusion of Women/ Minorities/Children
Women, minorities and children must be included in all NIH biomedical and behavioral research involving human subjects in clinical research .  If you are not including them in your protocol make sure you document valid reasons why they will not be included in the protocols affiliated with this grant, even if the protocol has been deemed exempt.

Clinical Research
NIH defines human clinical research as:
(1) Patient-oriented research. Research conducted with human subjects (or on material of human origin such as tissues, specimens and cognitive phenomena) for which an investigator (or colleague) directly interacts with human subjects. Excluded from this definition are in vitro studies that utilize human specimen that cannot be linked to a living individual.   Patient-oriented research includes: (a) mechanisms of human disease, (b) therapeutic interventions, (c) clinical trials, or (d) development of new technologies.
(2) Epidemiologic and behavioral studies.
(3) Outcomes research and health services research. Note: Studies falling under Exemption 4 for human subjects research are not considered clinical research by this definition.

Clinical Trial
A clinical trial is a prospective biomedical or behavioral research study of human subjects that is designed to answer specific questions about biomedical or behavioral interventions (drugs, treatments, devices, or new ways of using known drugs, treatments, or devices).   Clinical trials are used to determine whether new biomedical or behavioral interventions are safe, efficacious and effective. 

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Data and Safety Monitoring Plan - required only if there is an intervention

Data and Safety Monitoring Plans should include:

Intervention includes both physical procedures by which data are gathered (for example, venipuncture) and manipulations of the subject or the subject's environment that are performed for research purposes.

Adverse Event Reporting
This section should include:

Safety Monitoring
This section should include:

Safety Data to be Collected
This section should include a list of labs/tests that will be done to protect subject.  Example: If an investigational drug is being given that is excreted in the kidneys - what tests/labs will be done to monitor kidney function. How often will they be done? Who will monitor results?

Data and Safety Monitoring Boards (DSMB)
DSMBs are required by most NIH Institutes for Phase III trials- check with your funding institute to determine their requirement. The IRB-HSR can determine if a DSMB is required.

Data and Safety Monitoring Board/Committee (DSMB/DSMC)
If your protocols will require a DSMB/DSMC, include the following information:


The IRB-HSR staff would greatly appreciate any feedback you get from funding agencies regarding the human subject section of your grant application.  Please e-mail feedback to Susie Hoffman which will help keep this information current.