Recruiting at UMass: External Requests to Recruit UMass Amherst Students, Faculty or Staff as Research Subjects

Process for Reviewing External Recruitment Requests

Researchers not affiliated with UMass Amherst who wish to recruit students, faculty, or staff as research participants are required to submit a recruitment request to the UMass Amherst Human Research Protection Office (HRPO) before beginning their research project. All requests will be screened by the UMass Amherst IRB; we also require research projects to have obtained prior approval through the non-UMass Amherst researcher’s home Institutional Review Board.

Submission Requirements

If you are an external researcher, and are interested in recruiting UMass Amherst students, faculty, or staff as research subjects, please send an email to that includes the following information:

  • An overview of your project, including a rationale and specific procedures for recruiting UMass Amherst students, faculty, or staff as participants
  • A copy of the completed research protocol application, including any data security plans, that was approved by your home institution’s IRB, along with the IRB’s approval letter
  • All relevant study materials (e.g. recruitment materials for UMass Amherst participants, interview questions, surveys)

Staff from the HRPO will contact you and may request more information if necessary. Approval to recruit on our campus is finalized once you receive an official letter from the HRPO that confirms approval to begin recruiting at UMass Amherst.