The IRB at MSU Moorhead is pleased to announce the adoption of the industry-leading IRBNet suite of tools, accessible via the National Research Network, bringing electronic protocol management, online submissions and many other important research oversight features to the MSU Moorhead research community. We have long recognized the need to reduce manual and paper-based procedures, streamline protocol submission and review processes and leverage today’s best technologies throughout the research lifecycle. As an important step toward these objectives, the adoption of IRBNet now brings the MSU Moorhead community a robust set of electronic tools supporting the management, submission, review and oversight of our research protocols. Some of IRBNet’s many features include electronic document management, web-based protocol sharing and collaboration, automatic notifications, electronic submissions and reviews, integrated training and credential management, and important audit capabilities including electronic revision histories, electronic signatures and event tracking.

MSU Moorhead has carefully chosen IRBNet not only for the important capabilities that it provides, but also because IRBNet is secure, web-based, and extremely intuitive and easy to use. You may access IRBNet from virtually any computer using a web browser by visiting www.irbnet.org. You may now self-register as part of the MSU Moorhead community and immediately begin using these exciting new tools. IRBNet Training Energizers and information about other training and assistance is available when you register to help you get started.

The MSU Moorhead IRB will begin accepting electronic protocol submissions via IRBNet Fall Semester 2019.

Beginning Monday, August 26, 2019, all protocols (including department reviews, revisions and renewals) must be submitted electronically via IRBNet, and all review decision letters will be issued electronically via IRBNet.

The IRB submission process changes will be communicated through DragonDigest and Academic Affairs faculty listserv this week. The www.mnstate.edu/irb website will be updated with all the IRBNet information by Monday, August 26.

Once again, MSU Moorhead is pleased to bring these robust new tools to the University community. For additional information please contact irb@mnstate.edu with any questions you may have as we move forward with this important initiative.