Human Subject Research-Office of Research Integrity and Compliance - Carnegie Mellon University

Human Subject Research

NEWS:  Paper studies converted to SPARCS

If you want to renew an IRB protocol that was approved on paper, you will need to convert it to SPARCS. Jessica Viglione is available to assist with this. Please contact her to schedule at time to talk jvig@andrew.cmu.edu or 412-268-4879. The SPARCS Help Desk can also provide assistance. For studies that will expire at the end of March or later, ORIC may have additional resources to help with the conversion process. PIs will receive an email with additional information.  

Tips for converting a study to SPARCS:

  • The Principal Investigator is the only study team member listed on any study being converted from paper to SPARCS. The PI needs to add the individual responsible for converting the study as a primary contact by using the Assign Primary Contact activity in the protocol workspace.
  • Click the Create Modification/CR button under My Current Actions. Select both mod and CR. This will allow you to submit the study for continuing review and unlock the smartforms to add information to the study.
  • Select change the study and study team members to unlock all smartforms to add study team members and add information from the paper study into SPARCS.
  • The old study can be found under the History tab as a reference. The file is a PDF with images and not text. A direct copy and paste is not possible.

The Carnegie Mellon University Institutional Review Board (IRB)

All research involving the use of human research subjects (participants) must be reviewed and approved by the CMU Institutional Review Board (IRB) before the research can be initiated.

  •   Research means a systematic investigation including research development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge; (see 45 CFR 46.102(d)).
  •  Human Subject means a living individual about whom an investigator (whether professional or student) conducting research obtains (1) data through intervention or interaction with the individual, or (2) identifiable private information.  (see 45 CFR 46.102(f)).

The primary responsibility of the IRB is to assure that appropriate steps are taken to protect the rights and welfare of humans participating in research. The IRB functions according to the guidelines of the Office of Human Research Protection (OHRP) and other federal regulatory agencies. The IRB is a committee with representation from CMU faculty and the community. The CMU IRB meets on the first Tuesday of every month. Protocols that are eligible for Exempt and Expedited Review are processed on an ongoing basis.