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Ceded Research


What Is Ceded Research?

Ceded research means the research is deferred to an external IRB (institutional review board) for oversight. Many research studies require single IRB review. Ceding oversight allows review by one IRB.

Aurora Health Care’s IRB is part of our Research Subject Protection Program (RSPP), which protects human research participants. We can defer oversight to external IRBs for many research studies. At Aurora, an external IRB (sometimes referred to as “IRB of record”) is any IRB that is not the Aurora IRB.

When your research study relies on an external IRB, you must follow that IRB’s policies and procedures. Note that certain changes and incidents must be submitted to the Aurora RSPP, even when your study is ceded to an external IRB. These changes and incidents are outlined in SOP 3 – Post Approval Responsibilities Submissions [PDF].

Forms You May Need

Policies & Forms for Ceded Research

Ceded research requires specific standard operating procedures (SOPs) and forms. The guidance and forms below will help you determine whether your study will use an external IRB. They will also assist you in providing the external IRB with the information it needs to make a decision about your research proposal.

External IRB Guidance

Submission Policies & Procedures


Contact the RSPP/IRB Office

We’re here to answer your research documentation questions.

Starting a Research Application

Learn how to get started with research training and approval.

Resources & Forms

Download templates for IRB application, informed consent and more.

Policies & Procedures

Want to know about our research policies and procedures?


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