In your written proposal you must address the following: purpose of your study, population being included or participating, and research method being used. For specific details regarding the content
If you are using human subjects, a Human Subjects Protocol form must be submitted as well. It is recommended that you file your proposal early since the Human Subjects Committee meets only twice per month during the Fall/Spring semesters.
When typing your proposal to attach to the protocol form, please make sure you include the 8 sections as outlined in the sample proposal. They are as follows:
Study, Aim, Background and Design
Procedures to be done for Study
Risks: Potential & Method for Minimizing
Benefits: Individual, Group, or Other
Consent Process & Documentation
Qualifications of Investigator
If your study involves minors and/or adults, you must include a sample of your consent form. There must be a separate one for the adults and for minors there must be a Cover Letter to the parent/guardian, a minor consent form, and an assent form if the child is between the ages of 10-17. The assent form must be written in age-appropriate language. Please see samples below.
If your study is being conducted at a school, agency, or place of employment, you must obtain a letter of approval from the principal of the school, agency, or place of employment and submit it with your proposal. The letter must include the title of your proposal and be written on official letterhead for the school, agency or place of employment.
As of 7/1/03, all students and faculty submitting research proposals using Human or
Animal subjects will have to FIRST complete the NIH or CITI Human Subjects Training Online at
Once completed, you will be able to print out a Certificate of Completion online.
It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you make several copies of the certificate because you can only print it out once. In order to get another Certificate, you must go through the training course AGAIN. This certificate must accompany your protocol and is required before your protocol can be reviewed.
For students planning to write a thesis (898), please refer to the following: Guidelines for completing a thesis