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Putting Your Proposal Together

Putting a sound research proposal together can be a complicated, but necessary experience. Research proposal structures may vary depending on the funding agency involved. Please be sure to follow the requirements specific to each funding agency. For locally funded or "unfunded" projects, the following template may be used along with the appropriate SIRB submission documentation.

Research Proposal Template (Microsoft word)

Seton Institutional Review Board (SIRB)

Every research study must have IRB approval before implementation. Submission to the SIRB is required for all industry, internally funded projects and federally funded projects.  To assist with the IRB submission, please contact the Office of Research Facilitation at 512-324-0000 x77325.

The maximum IRB approval period for any approved project is one year. This means that every approved study, must have an annual renewal request or it will be considered terminated and can no longer proceed. Please submit all  IRB renewals approximately 2 months in advance of the expiration date to avoid study interruptions.

IRB Forms

Request to Rely on an External IRB

An Investigator must complete the Request to Rely on an External IRB application to make a request to the Seton IRB for acceptance of any External IRB to be the IRB of record on a research study. If the External IRB application is accepted, the Investigator will be notified. Please keep in mind, once the Seton IRB has accepted the External IRB to be the IRB of record, an IRB Authorization must be in place between Seton IRB and the External IRB before the research project can begin, unless an agreement is currently in place between the Seton IRB and the External entity.

Seton Request to Rely on External IRB


The Seton Family of Hospitals requires that all investigators and research staff engaged in human subject research complete the online training program "Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)" and "Conflict of Interest."

The approval of any research protocol application will  be contingent upon the fulfillment of this requirement.

Directions for completing CITI training can be found here.

Clinical Research Operational Review (CROR)

The CROR must approve all research projects being conducted at Seton facilities prior to implementation. For information about CROR review and submission, please visit the Clinical Research Operational Review homepage.

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