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Annual Renewal – Might be Your Data Plan, Not Your IRB Submission.

July 8, 2021

According to the Harvard Research Data Security Policy (HRDSP), when a data plan is assessed by an Information Security Reviewer, an expiry date will be assigned to each submission in the Research Safety Application (also known as the “Safety” tab). Accordingly, researchers are responsible for renewing their data plan before the assigned expiry date.

 

Recently, the IRB office has been seeing researchers confuse the renewal of their data plan...

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Undergraduate Research Ethics Training

April 20, 2021

The Undergraduate Research Training Program (URTP) is a comprehensive platform to create better prepared undergraduate researchers. As part of the program, in-person training sessions are held at various dates throughout the academic year. The in-person training sessions are an alternative to the standard online CITI training. The sessions have been developed with students in mind: they are 90 minutes in length, interactive, and developed with enthusiasm and energy.

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ESTR unavailable Friday, Oct. 23rd through Monday, Oct. 26th

October 19, 2020

There will be a minor update to the ESTR-IRB, Agreements-DUA, and Data Safety systems. These suite of applications will be unavailable from Friday, October 23 at 5:00 pm until Monday, October 26 at 5:00 am. A “system maintenance” page will be posted while the update is taking place. Any users in the system when the site becomes unavailable will be automatically logged out while the update takes place. This release incorporates some minor enhancements and bug fixes, along with enhanced background integration...

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Revised Harvard Research Data Security Policy Effective July 15, 2020

July 8, 2020

The University, working with stakeholders, has revised the Harvard Research Data Security Policy (HRDSP), which will be effective as of July 15, 2020. The updated HRDSP better reflects current roles and practices, and importantly, requires use of the existing applications (e.g. ESTR-IRB, Agreements-DUA, and Data Safety and Security) to...

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ESTR-IRB Upgrade-Friday, May 29 at 2:00 pm until Monday, June 1 at 8:00 am

May 26, 2020

The ESTR support team announces its spring release for May 29. This release incorporates significant suite-wide updates and enhancements.

ESTR-IRB will be unavailable from Friday, May 29 at 2:00 pm until Monday, June 1 at 8:00 am  to allow for system updates.

Highlights of the release include:

  • Integration with Office365 for easier viewing and editing of submission-related documents in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Modernized SmartForm design with updated navigation and reviewer options; and
  • ...
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