Research & IRB Resources

Merrimack's Institutional Review Board

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is charged with safeguarding the rights and well-being of human subjects in research/projects conducted at or sponsored by Merrimack College.


An Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee, or board, of volunteers including scientists, non-scientists and community members, that ensures research protocols involving human subjects are ethical and that the rights of participants are protected.  The federal Office of Human Research Protection (OHRP), through its process of approving and granting Federalwide Assurance for institutions that conduct human subject research, requires that an institution’s human subject activities and its Institutional Review Board (IRB) be designated under the Assurance, will be guided by the ethical principles in “The Belmont Report: Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research”.

Merrimack College is committed to the pursuit of excellence in research, scholarship, and related professional achievement.  The Merrimack IRB exists to ensure that all research participants are treated with respect and safety and because federal law requires that all research involving human participants (or source-identifiable biospecimens from human participants) receive IRB approval.  Research projects falling under IRB review are varied and diverse and include disciplinary-based research in the biomedical and social-behavioral disciplines, in-class research at the undergraduate and/or graduate level, and community engaged research projects.

The College has provided a formal guarantee to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) that it will follow procedures to assure the protection of all human subjects involved in research projects.

Responsibilities of the IRB:

  • Developing and disseminating federally compliant policies for the protection of human subjects.
  • Developing and implementing institutionally appropriate procedures for ensuring the protection of human subjects, in collaboration with other members of the Merrimack College community.
  • Educating members of the Merrimack College community about the ethical and legal obligations associated with human subject projects.
  • Conducting reviews of generalizable research projects to ensure that such research will be carried out in a manner that safeguards the rights and well-being of the subjects.
  • Promoting professional development in research ethics for Merrimack College employees in support of their instructional, research and administrative work.

Policies and Procedures

Complete details on project types and review procedures can be found in the Merrimack College IRB Guidelines for Review of Research Involving Human Subjects document.

Reliance Agreement: A formal, written document that provides a mechanism for an institution engaged in research to delegate institutional review board (IRB) review to an independent IRB or an IRB of another institution. Institutions that are engaged in human subjects research, where one institution will rely on the other institution’s IRB, must agree to the terms of the Reliance Agreement before research can begin.

SMART IRB: Merrimack College does not currently have the ability to process Reliance Agreements through the SMART IRB platform. Please contact Merrimack’s IRB Administrator via email at for assistance


  • Merrimack College Federalwide Assurance: FWA 00014062
  • FWA renewal is: 09/30/2027
  • IORG 0005707
  • IRB 00006880, Expires 12/05/2025


Certification Requirements

Starting in September 2018, the College began accepting CITI certification only. Either the Social & Behavioral Research or the Biomedical Research modules can be completed.

Researchers active in human subjects research must complete the certification every three years.

All Institutional Review Board (IRB) members are required to renew their certification every year.

Go to CITI 

Registering on CITI

First-time uses should click on “register” at the top right of the CITI website and follow the subsequent steps to register, using Merrimack College as your organization and your Merrimack College email address as your primary email. 

Contact the IRB with questions. 

REDCap is a secure web application for building and managing online surveys and databases. The software is specifically designed to support data capture for research studies and operations. Training videos can be accessed through REDCap.

Faculty, students, and other researchers at the College have full access to the Cayuse Human Ethics system for submitting and reviewing IRB applications.

Login to Cayuse

How to Enter the Site

  • Log in with your Merrimack username.
  • Use the password: merrimack (all lower case).
  • Choose “Cayuse Human Ethics.”

Note: If you experience any difficulty reaching the Cayuse site, it is suggested that you try using a different browser.

For information and instructions on how to create, renew, modify, or close a study, click on the links to step-by-step video tutorials below.

Please note: first time users must create a password.


All faculty, students, and staff conducting research have the option to post any publications related to their work on Merrimack ScholarWorks. This repository of Merrimack community member publications is globally searchable, enabling many more people, across the world, to read and learn from your work. For assistance in posting your work on Merrimack ScholarWorks, please contact our ScholarWorks Administrator.

  • Student CITI Requirements

  • Compliance and Regulatory Training

IRB Preparation Templates & Checklists


Complete details on project types and review procedures can be found in the Merrimack College IRB Guidelines for Review of Research Involving Human Subjects document.

  • Merrimack College Federalwide Assurance: FWA 00014062
  • FWA renewal is: 09/30/2027
  • IORG 0005707
  • IRB 00006880, Expires 12/05/2025

Ethics Reports

Below you will find important publications and information regarding human subjects research ethics.

The Belmont Report  

The Helsinki Declaration

Office of Human Research Protection

Contact Us

For questions regarding any IRB-related matters, please contact