Step 3: Understand the basic outline of the HPRB process

The online HPRB application process in Mentor will have you:

Here are is an overview of the process:

Mentor will walk you through a series of questions to:

  • get essential information about your project and your research team;
  • determine whether your project is considered “research” requiring HPRB review, and if so, what level of review (see below); and
  • obtain specific information regarding your research methods.

Specifics of using Mentor to create and submit a proposal will be covered in Step 6.

Please answer all questions using clear, concise, self-explanatory language, so that the Unit Designates in your school/division, who may not be familiar with your specific topic, will readily understand your project.

Informed Consent

Recruitment Materials

Instruments, Research Materials, Stimuli
The HPRB needs to review and approve all study materials, including copies of surveys, stimuli (e.g., pictures, scenarios, video clips), interview questions, instructions, scripts, etc.

The HPRB needs to review and approve the debriefing script or text that will be shared with participants at the end of the study. The goal of the debriefing is to thank participants, inform them about the goals, methods, and hypotheses of the study, tell them how the results will be used, ensure that participants leave in the same state in which they arrived, and provide additional information or resources. Like the consent form, the debriefing should be written in language understandable to the participants.

Please feel free to use this debriefing template or design one of your own.

The HPRB will have additional questions and concerns for certain types of projects. If this is the case, Mentor will direct you to complete a supplemental form before you may submit their application for review.

Currently, we have supplemental forms for:

  • Research with children
  • International research and/or research non-English-speaking participants