IRB Protocol Writing Academy

IRB Protocol Writing Academy

The Medical School Research Office is excited to announce its inaugural IRB Protocol Writing Academy! This opportunity is open to junior faculty members who would benefit from a 12 week program (8 weeks of in-person didactics, 4 weeks of independent work) focused on learning the IRB Protocol Writing process, how to navigate services at the University of Minnesota, and how to make sure that your IRB protocol pairs well with the scientific aims of your research project.


  • In-Person Didactics: Tuesday, May 9, 2023 through Tuesday, June 27, 2023 (meetings to occur on Tuesday afternoons)
  • Independent Work: Tuesday, June 27, 2023 through Tuesday, July 18, 2023


The request for applications is open to junior faculty (assistant or associate level) or post-doctoral fellows in the medical school who have funding to support their project. Funding can be sponsored (e.g. external) or departmental or University non-sponsored (e.g. internal) funds.

A maximum of 10 faculty will be selected to participate in the program based on review of applications.

It is estimated that participants may need up to 25% of their time to devote to preparing their protocol during the 3-month program. We are asking that departments support faculty in allocating this time while participating. 

How to apply

The RFA will open on December 10th, 2022 and will close on February 28, 2023. We encourage all those who are interested to apply.

Why apply

Participants will be supported in the following ways:

  1. Education and guidance will be provided during the 8 weeks of in-person instruction to streamline IRB Protocol Writing for their current and future projects. This will include introductions to the many different support units across the University.

  2. Financial support will be provided for participants to receive consultation and support (through BDAC) to improve their statistical analyses (i.e. power, statistical design, etc.)

  3. Departments will agree to endorse faculty participation during the program period by supporting their time. At least 25% of faculty effort should be available for research time to be eligible for the course.

Topics by week

The program will include the following topics by week:

  • Week 1: Introductions, Background & Topic Overview

  • Week 2: Study Set-Up, Roles & Responsibilities

  • Week 3: Statistics & Study Design

  • Week 4: Ethics, IRB, and Regulatory Considerations

  • Week 5: Data Storage, Security & Privacy

  • Week 6: Consenting & Communication

  • Week 7: Facilities, Recruitment & Budgeting

  • Week 8: Data, Early Communication with Collaborators, & Publishing

  • Weeks 9-12: No in person sessions. Finish work with RPG/CRSC research support and regulatory teams in preparation for IRB submission.

If you have any questions about the program or the process to apply, please reach out to Amanda Rueter

Application Portal