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HRPP Newsletter August 2021

Non-Protocol Based Application (nPBA) 

Work on a new application, the nPBA, designed for studies likely to be minimal risk and without a standalone protocol, including exemptions, is underway. It will be a more streamlined application for these kinds of studies and, where possible, remove decision points for study teams that can cause delays. It will retain tools, such as the template language, that already reduce delays and burden. The nPBA will replace the current “Standard Application” option. The anticipated release of the nPBA is late 2021. Prior to the release, we will ask some of those in the research community to serve as beta testers and provide feedback on the application.

Reminder to Review Funding Page in ARROW 

Funding pages in the ARROW application should reflect the current funding status of a study.  As such, it is important for study teams to periodically review these pages to ensure that the information is current, that any expired or exhausted funding has been removed and that current funding sources are accurately reflected.  Adding or removing funding sources may also require updates to descriptions of data sharing and confidentiality protections (see “Certificates of Confidentiality” in the Investigator Manual).

If any changes are necessary to either add new funding or remove outdated funding, these can typically be reviewed under expedited procedures.

New CITI Human Subjects Protections Course

In an effort to simplify CITI human subjects training and avoid duplicative training, the new CITI “UW Human Subjects Protections Course” will replace the “UW Biomedical Course” and “Social & Behavioral Course” in early September.  Any current training will continue to be accepted until its expiration. Upon nearing the expiration of your current training, you will receive an email reminder with instructions to add the “UW Human Subjects Protections Course” to your CITI account. The content of the new course will be similar to the previous courses but will also include “elective modules” that allow research personnel to select modules that are applicable to their types of research. Please contact for questions.

Register NetID Activity 

The Register NetID Activity is currently inaccessible directly from the application workspace, but will be available again in early September. Until then, study teams can register NetIDs following the link, shown below, within the help text on the Study Team Page in the application.

RELIANT (Reliance and Navigation Team) Updates

  • Onboarding/Offboarding Human Subjects Researchers: RELIANT is currently assessing the need for a service that would assist human subjects researchers who are new to the UW or leaving for another institution. This service could offer assistance with transferring studies, arranging reliance agreements, and providing an overview of resources on campus. To help us assess whether this service would be helpful, please complete this brief survey. Any faculty or staff are welcome to provide us with feedback. We will provide an update on results in an upcoming newsletter.
  • Reliance agreements for education/social behavioral research: We strongly encourage researchers conducting education and/or social behavioral projects involving external personnel or sites to contact us ( before you submit your initial review or cede application. For many of these projects, reliance agreements are not required and we can save you extra work if you contact us before submitting an application.

Previous editions of the HRPP Newsletter can be found here.