Responsible Conduct of Research

Many sponsors require students and postdoctoral researchers participating in funded research to complete Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training. See the Research Protections site for policies, guidelines, and resources related to RCR training, including information on the web-based RCR training module available through Collaborative Institutional Training (CITI).

Institutional Review Board (IRB) for human subjects research

  • Before participants are recruited or data is collected about human participants, the IRB must review and approve all research, regardless of funding, conducted by Appalachian State University faculty, staff or students.
  • Request for Review forms can be downloaded from the IRB Forms page on the Research Protections site and submitted via e-mail to irb@appstate.edu
  • Some studies require full board review; a majority are expedited or exempt. The level of review depends on the level of risk to the subjects. Reviews that do not require full board review are generally processed within two weeks, whereas reviews that do require full board review must be received by the deadline listed on the IRB Meetings page for consideration at the next meeting.
  • See the IRB Policies and Guidelines page for detailed information on official policies and procedures governing human subjects research.
  • If you have questions, or if you are not sure whether your study meets the definitions of human subjects research, please contact irb@appstate.edu.