Information for Research Participants

Iowa State University is committed to protecting the rights, safety, and well-being of participants in research projects.  Iowa State research adheres to the ethical principles described in The Belmont Report—Autonomy, Beneficience, and Justice.  It also complies with federal regulations governing human subjects research.  These regulations require review and approval of research by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) to make sure researchers follow ethical guidelines and federal regulations.

Research participation is voluntary.  The choice of whether to participate is up to you.  The research team will provide information about the study to help you make an informed decision.  Talk to the research team about any questions you have.  See Questions to Ask About Volunteering for a Research Study for a list of questions to consider.

For more information about research participation and helpful resources, see About Research Participation.

Questions or Concerns?

If you have any questions about the rights of research participants or a research-related injury in an Iowa State University study, please contact the Iowa State IRB Administrator at or 515-294-4566, or the Director, Office of Research Ethics at 515-294-3115.