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Outside Research Projects

Please contact the IRB Committee Chair for guidance and further information.

All outside research projects using University of Portland community members as participants must have a research sponsor at the University of Portland.

The sponsor may be a group, department, or faculty member that elects to participate as a principal investigator in the research study or to sponsor the project, for example by recruiting subjects for the project.

To receive permission to conduct research with University of Portland faculty or staff as participants, the local sponsor must submit the project materials directly to the University of Portland IRB.

To receive permission to conduct research with University of Portland students as participants, the sponsor must also contact the IRB Committee Chair.

To receive permission to conduct collaborative research with University of Portland faculty, staff, or students, if IRB approval has been received from another institution, the UP Request for Review may not be necessary. An authorization agreement between institutions may be required. Contact the IRB Committee Chair for guidance.

Where UP IRB approval is not necessary, the research sponsor should submit the following materials to the UP IRB Committee Chair:

  1. A copy of IRB approval from the institution collaborating with UP.
  2. Description of the project and a description of the likely benefits for the University and its subjects.
  3. Confirmation that subjects will be told clearly that they are not required to participate without penalty.

If the project has not been reviewed elsewhere, the University of Portland IRB will conduct its own review in the usual way. In this case, the local sponsor must submit all project materials, including a UP Request for Review form, to the University of Portland IRB.