Institutional Review Board

Conducting Research  |  Working with Other NASA Centers and Other Institutions

A.NASA Centers Conducting Human Subjects Research with Independent IRBs

Ames Research Center (ARC):

Kennedy Space Center (KSC):

B.NASA IRB Serving as the IRB of Record

Glenn Research Center (GRC):

Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC):

C.Research at Other Institutions or Originating in Foreign Countries

Research proposals from foreign institutions must initially be reviewed and approved by the foreign institution's IRB. Following such approval, investigations will submit approved protocols to the IRB for review.

Initial and ongoing protocol review letters from other IRBs must be submitted as attachments to the IRB proposal.

The IRB Chair must immediately be notified of any letter of concern, inquiry, suspension, or revocation of a protocol by an outside IRB. Copies of these letters must then be provided to the Chair within 3 days of receipt by the PI.

Research proposals of International Space Station partners must initially be reviewed and approved by the partner's IRB. Following such approval, investigators will submit approved protocols to the Human Research Multilateral Review Board (HRMRB).

NASA Cooperative agreement: The IRB will review the proposed research whenever NASA faculty, subjects, or staff are participants.

Astronauts and employees may participate in research protocols at another center or institution following review and approval of the protocol by the IRB.

D.Human Research Data Collected Under NASA Contracts and Grants

Contractors and grant recipients must deliver all reports and other items of data specifically identified in the contract or grant to NASA. "Data" is recorded information, regardless of form, the media on which it may be recorded, or the method of recording. NASA has unlimited rights in all such data, including the ability to use, disclose, reproduce, prepare derivative works from the data, distribute copies to the public, and display publicly, in any manner and for any purpose, and to permit others to do so.

NASA shall, unless otherwise authorized in writing by the principal investigator, withhold such data from public disclosure or distribution for a period of one year following the conclusion or termination of the study in order to provide the principal investigator adequate opportunity to first publish the results in an appropriate scientific or technical journal as he or she may select.

The contractor or grant recipient may assert copyright for scientific and technical articles based on data first produced in the performance of the contract or grant and published in academic, technical, or professional journals, symposia proceedings, or similar works. When such assertion of copyright is made, the contractor or grant recipient shall affix the applicable copyright notices of 17 U.S.C. 401 or 402 and acknowledgment of Government sponsorship (including contract or grant number) to the data when such data are delivered to the Government.

E.Safety Reporting Requirements for Investigations Performed at Off-Site Locations

Human research investigations not conducted at JSC but involving JSC personnel as investigators or subjects, must include the following:

A detailed description of the systems, hardware, and their function;

Facility requirements and services;

Hazard analysis, with particular emphasis on stored energy, procedures, and human-hardware interactions, and the process for eliminating or controlling the hazards;

Existing flight hazard analyses may be used for ground-based investigations, provided that no differences exist between flight and ground hardware with regard to function or use.

A letter of "safety certification" from the resident safety office or the IRB stating that all hardware items have been reviewed and, in the opinion of the off-site safety organization, are considered safe for their intended use.