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Institutional Review Board Research Protocol Guidelines

The research protocol (or project summary) is a separate document which summarizes all the central elements of your study. It should stand on its own and provide a more detailed explanation of your research methodology than can be included on your application form.

The ODH IRB doesn't mandate a required format for research protocols.  However, below is a suggested list of topics that should be covered in your protocol.  

  • Hypothesis
  • Specific Aims and Anticipated Usage
  • Scientific Justification
  • Populations
  • Time Frame
  • Methodology of Data Collection
  • Methodology of Data Analysis
  • Data Security