Step 1- Go to www.irbnet.org, and enter your Username and password to log in. First time users, click New User Registration and follow instructions here.
Step 2- Click Create New Project (left side of the screen). Complete the requested information about your project, the red asterisk indicates a required field. Click Continue.
Step 3- This brings you to the Designer page where you can build your project package:
a. Download blank forms: Use the dropdown menu from the "Select a Library" to select appropriate institution specific documents to download. Then use the "Select a Document" dropdown menu for documents which will include instruction sheets for IRBNet processes; project specific templates; and other forms which you can download, complete, and save to your computer.
b. Add documents in this Package: Click on Add New Document to browse your hard drive for completed documents and attach as required by specific type of study. Upload the required completed documents saved to your computer relating to this study (what you completed under Step 3a). You may attach as many documents as necessary. You may view, update, or delete documents any time before your submit the package.
c. Required document: Click on the Add New Document button to complete the on-line "IRB Part A" or “IACUC/IBC Application Form” wizard. When complete, it will automatically upload to your package.
NOTE: Every New Project should contain at least two documents:
For IRB: Part A (On-line Document) and Part B (Exempt OR Expedited/Full Board Application);
For IACUC & IBC: IACUC/IBC Application Form (On-line Document) and Protocol Form
Step 4- Click Share this Project (left side of the screen). University of South Alabama should be preselected. You can search and add other registered USA users. They must have registered with IRBNet. Use the search field by searching any part of the person's name. If the person has not yet registered, have them do so and return to share the project with them in IRBNet before final submission of the package for review. Descriptions for each level of access are provided on this page. Multiple users may be granted access (click Save after each person). Include anyone who made need to sign-off on the project.
Step 5- Click Send Project Mail to communicate with your Chair and/or other signatories (you can quickly send a message by checking the "Send Project Mail" box on the left, asking them to login to IRBNet to review and sign the project).
Step 6- Click Sign this Package (left side of the screen) and select your project role from the drop down Menu, then click Sign.
NOTE: If the PI is a student, a faculty advisor/mentor must be listed on the study and review the finalized documents in the package and sign electronically prior to submitting for review.
Step 7- THE KEY STEP- Be sure that your study is completely ready for review. Click Submit
this Package (left side of the screen). The IACUC will be the default choice, please change the committee for IRB or IBC submissions.
Step 8-a submission confirmation should be received via email. If not received please contact the appropriate committee to confirm submission: IACUC@southalabama.edu, IRB@southalabama.edu, or IBC@southalabama.edu
Once the study is submitted it is automatically locked. You can still access it, but you can no longer edit any documents. If minor changes are required before your study can be reviewed, any full access member on the project may contact the respective Research Compliance office via email or phone and request that the study be unlocked for minor revision(s). For contact information go here.
NO STUDY WILL BE UNLOCKED AFTER REVIEW FOR CHANGES BY FULL ACCESS MEMBERS!!
In the Project Overview tab (left side of the screen), your study will have "Pending Review" status until the appropriate committee reviews it and enters an action for the project (approved, modifications required/information requested, disapproved, etc). An email notice is sent to the Principal Investigator (and all other persons with full access) whenever an action has been taken by the appropriate review committee.