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Research Plans

The Research Plan is the BSPH IRB’s “protocol” document that you will complete and upload into the PHIRST system when you submit a New Research Application. Choose the research plan that is appropriate to your study. The Research Plan for Secondary Data Analysis of Existing Data/Specimens only should be used when the study involves data/specimens that exist and were collected for purposes OTHER THAN FOR THIS STUDY. For example, new studies proposing to use existing medical records, pathology samples, census data, or research data collected under a separate IRB approved study, fall into this category. 

Studies involving new data collection, whether or not they also involve existing data/specimens, should use the Research Plan for New Data Collection. This template is unlocked so research teams may circulate amongst the team to use Word tools for editing, comments, and comparisons. DO NOT DELETE ANY QUESTIONS FROM THIS TEMPLATE. Doing so could delay the review of your application. Use only this template; all previous research plan templates should be deleted from your computers.​

We have prepared an Research Plan Instructional Guide for the Research Plan for New Data Collection to help explain what the IRB will look for when reviewing your research plan. Please review before you submit your application as it may save review time.