IRB Approval

Before beginning any research, Principal Investigators must obtain Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval from the Harvard FAS Committee on the Use of Human Subjects in Research. It is the PI's responsibility to obtain IRB approval and to keep his/her IRB approval current. Please note that if your IRB expires, you cannot scan until it is renewed.

IRB Application Resources

Below are the resources that you will need to complete the IRB application for your MRI project:

Harvard IRB Forms via the ESTR Library

Please contact Caroline West ( for examples of approved IRB protocols and consent forms.

MRI-specific documents that you may need to submit with your IRB application:

  • Emergency Procedures html pdf
  • Training Levels html pdf
  • Hazards of the MR Environment html pdf
  • Subject Screening Policies html pdf
  • Metal Screening Form html pdf
  • Research Policies and Procedures html pdf


Training in Human Subjects Research

Harvard University requires that all investigators and study staff complete the 
Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) training program and maintain their CITI certification.