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Institutional Review Board (IRB): Close Your Study

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When do I close my study?

After you have recruited all participants, collected and de-identified all data, and securely stored all data according to the IRB approved protocol, you will close your study with the IRB. Recruitment and data collection may not continue after study closure. The process for closing a study depends on whether your research involves human subjects.

  • Human Subjects Research. You will submit a study closure form in IRBManager (see instructions below). If you are a doctoral student researcher, you will upload your automated study closure confirmation email from IRBManager to the Doctoral Record.
  • Not Human Subjects Research (NHSR). NHSR studies do not need to be closed with the IRB. If you are a doctoral student researcher, you will submit your NHSR determination letter to the Doctoral Record to meet your academic milestone.

How do I submit a study closure form?

To close your study, follow the steps below: 

  1. Login to IRBManager
  2. Click on your study number (2020-XXX or 2021-XXX) on your dashboard
  3. On the left-hand side, click on "Start xForm"
  4. Select "Study Closure Form"
  5. Acknowledge that you are finished collecting data,
  6. Click "Next," 
  7. Click "Submit"

You can also review this video on how to submit your study closure form: