On Wednesday, March 18th Vice Chancellor for Research Joe Incandela issued a memo to shut down all on-campus research.
**Please note: Highest priority is being given to all inquiries, requests, applications, and modifications related to COVID-19. For other inquiries and submissions, please expect a delayed reply. Thank you for your patience.**
Which human subjects research studies or study procedures must be paused?
All studies or study procedures, whether conducted at the UCSB campus or off campus, involving in-person interaction with participants must be paused. You are encouraged to modify your study to add remote procedures that would allow you to continue your work without face-to-face interaction with participants.
Do I need to notify the IRB or document somewhere that I am pausing my research?
In general, no, you do not need to notify our office. If you believe that pausing your research would harm your study participants, please contact our office as soon as possible.
Which human subjects research studies may continue during the pause?
Studies or research procedures that do not involve any direct interaction with participants may continue, such as:
- Web surveys (e.g., Mturk)
- Telephone or audio-video conferencing (e.g., Zoom)
- Mail surveys
- Data analysis, either secondary use projects or data analysis activities on other projects
Must amendments be submitted to the IRB prior to implementation?
Yes, changes to the project must be reviewed by the IRB prior to implementation. Currently the IRB is prioritizing review of study-related changes in response to the COVID outbreak. If you need to change data collection procedures in response to the pandemic, please place in CAPS “COVID” on the One Tab of the protocol application.
What should I do if I am planning on submitting a new study?
The IRB is accepting and reviewing new studies. New studies must include electronic (e.g., Qualtrics) or remote methods of data collection OR certify on the One Tab from the Faculty Advisor that any in-person interactions will not occur until the pause on in-person interactions is removed.
The IRB will prioritize new studies studying the COVID outbreak, provided the study includes electronic or remote communication methods.
What are some strategies for continuing research during the pause?
Modify your project to include an electronic or remote method of communication.
For projects that collect sensitive and/or identifiable data, consider whether the revised procedures introduce any additional risk to participants.
Components of previously approved studies that do not involve face-to-face interactions may continue during the pause.