Collaborative Research

Research may involve more than one institution and be within the responsibility of more than one Institutional Review Board (IRB). 

If UCSC investigators  are doing collaborative research with another institution, check first to see if both UCSC and the collaborating institution are considered to be "engaged" in human subjects research (HSR).  Institutions not engaged in HSR do not need IRB review for their study. 

If multiple institutions are engaged, or if you are collaborating with external researchers who are not affiliated with any IRB (independent investigators), you may request that only one IRB reviews the research for multiple institutions.  If all involved parties agree, and each institution’s internal requirements are met, UCSC may agree to one of the following arrangements:

  1. The UCSC IRB will rely on the other institution’s IRB review.
  2. The UCSC IRB will review for the other institution. 
  3. The UCSC IRB will review for an independent investigator not affiliated with UCSC. 

Please reach out to the external IRB to see if they are open to a reliance agreement with UCSC.

See UCSC IRB Policy on IRB Reliance for information on how the IRB of record is determined.