Forms & Templates

Before conducting research involving human subjects, formal approval must be obtained from COUHES. Approval must also be obtained for any changes to a protocol, and all adverse events affecting the subjects of a protocol must be promptly reported to COUHES. Additionally, COUHES conducts on-going review of all approved protocols.

Unless waived by COUHES, all subjects must be given written informed consent to their participation in human subjects research, and give their permission for the disclosure outside MIT of their protected health information.

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Instructions for Using Forms and Templates

  • Download the appropriate form or template from the list below.
  • Save ("Save As") the document with a project-specific name.
  • Complete all portions of the form or template to provide the required information on the proposed study. (Unless otherwise stated on the form or template, no portions may be left blank.)
  • Submit the form to the COUHES office according to the instructions for each form type described below.
  • When preparing for your submission, be sure to view those parts of the section on Guidelines for Selected Procedures and Populations that apply to your study.


Please note: Investigators must submit all new initial study applications, amendments, or continuing reviews (renewals) though COUHES Connect. Paper submissions will not be accepted unless previously discussed with COUHES.


Supplemental Forms and Reporting Forms

Form Name


The documents provided below are to be included with submissions through COUHES Connect.

Translation Attestation Form [DOC]

  • Translated forms are required for studies not conducted in English.

Supplement for Disclosure of Financial Interest [DOC]

  • Use this form for disclosure of financial interest for all key personnel who have a financial interest in the research.

Final Report Closure Form [DOCX]


  • Complete the Final Report Closure From if your study is complete or you do not wish to continue your research. Study completion means that all of the following conditions have been satisfied:
    • your study is closed to enrollment;
    • all subjects have completed all study procedures;
    • data collection is completed; AND
    • data analysis is completed.
  • No further research with human subjects can be conducted after the protocol is closed. Closed protocols cannot be re-opened.

Protocol Event Reporting Form [DOC]

  • Complete the Protocol Event Reporting Form to report any of the following to COUHES: Unanticipated Problem, Subject Complaint, Adverse Event, and Protocol Deviation.
  • Serious or unexpected adverse reactions or injuries must be reported to COUHES within 48 hours. Other adverse events should be reported within 10 days.

Review of Scientific and Scholarly Validity [DOCX] (Lincoln Laboratory Only)

Lincoln Laboratory Only

  • Required for Lincoln Laboratory submissions for Comprehensive Review.

Genomic Data Sharing Submission Certification Request Form [DOCX]

Complete this form when data from NIH-funded research is being submitted to an NIH Designated Repository.

Consent and Authorizations Forms

Form Name


Consent forms are to be included for review with submissions through COUHES Connect. Investigators must provide a copy of the approved consent form to prospective subjects. Use the form as part of explanations/discussions of study procedures and potential risks. Obtain signatures, confirming willingness to participate and to disclose protected health information. The consent form and the authorization form should be executed at the same time. Keep signed forms in your project files in accordance with COUHES record keeping policies.

Consent to Participate in Research [DOCX]

Consent form template for all human subjects research, unless waived by COUHES. Use the appropriate sections and language for your research. Canned phrases and additional consent language can be found under the Informed Consent section.

Consent to Participate in Interview [DOCX]

Required for all interviews, unless waived by COUHES.

Mechanical Turk Consent Text (Amazon - Mechanical Turk Guidelines) [DOCX]

Required for all Mechanical Turk research, unless waived by COUHES.

Assent to Participate in Research (for minors) [DOC]

Required for all human subjects aged 8 to 17, unless waived by COUHES.

Waiver or Alteration of Informed Consent Request [DOCX]

Required when waiving or altering any elements of the informed consent.

Authorization for Release of Protected Health Information [DOC]

Required whenever protected health information is to be used or disclosed outside of MIT

Additional Standard Language for Informed Consent [DOCX]

List of canned phrases and language that can be added when appropriate for the research.

Single IRB Review Forms

Form Name


See Single IRB Review page for more information.

Local Context Form [DOCX]

Collaborating IRB must complete the Local Context Form when MIT will serve as the reviewing IRB. Contact the collaborating IRB for further assistance.

Exempt Evaluation: Support Documentation

Form Name


Application for Department of Defense Sponsored or Supported Exempt Research [DOCX] - March 2022

  • This application is required with all submissions of exempt research that is sponsored or supported by the Department of Defense (DoD). 
Application and Reporting Forms

Form Name


The forms below are no longer required for submissions through COUHES Connect because the information will be collected within COUHES Connect instead of via the forms below. Investigator should not use these forms unless specified by COUHES. All initial study applications, amendments, or continuing reviews (renewals) must be submitted through COUHES Connect.

Application for Approval to Use Humans as Experimental Subjects (Comprehensive Review Form) [DOCX]

  • Required for all studies involving human subjects that do not meet the criteria for exempt status.

Personnel List [DOC]

  • Required for all new Applications for Comprehensive Review (included with Comprehensive Review Form).

Continuing Review Questionnaire (CRQ) [DOCX]

  • All studies approved by COUHES require continuing review.
  • Approximately 60 days before approval expires, COUHES will send the Principal Investigator a Continuing Review Questionnaire (CRQ) that must be completed and returned to COUHES before the expiration date of the study.

Progress Report Form [DOCX]

  • For studies not requiring annual renewal, investigators must submit a yearly Progress Report.

Application for Changes to an Approved Protocol [DOC]

  • Required for any change to an approved protocol.