While there are many types of collaborative research, this page is designed to provide information for ISU researchers who are collaborating with co-investigators/research team members who are affiliated with other institutions or are independent investigators.
When an institution's employees or agents (faculty, staff, students, contractors, and volunteers) are "engaged" in the collaboration," federal guidance deems that the collaborating institutions must either enter into a joint review, rely upon the review of another institution via an IRB Authorization Agreement (IAA) or make some other similar arrangement. For most federally funded projects, collaborating institutions must typically rely upon approval by a single IRB.
Engaged in the research generally means that the employees or agents obtain for the purposes of the research:
ISU can only cede authority to institutions that hold an FWA. If ISU personnel are considered engaged in the research, an IRB protocol must be submitted to ISU's IRB (or potentially another institution for multi-site studies).
Agreements such as the Individual Investigator Agreement (IIA) may be advised to cover the research components being covered at the other institution. Please contact REC for more information.