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Welcome to the University of Pittsburgh Human Research Protection Office (HRPO) on-line research application

A survey must be submitted for All projects related to COVID-19 per the message from Rob A. Rutenbar, Senior Vice Chancellor for Research. Click here to access the survey.

Updated 6/23/2020: Per our announcement on June 18, 2020, all remaining open OSIRIS studies IN ANY STATUS are required to transition into PittPRO by July 30, 2020. The only exception are studies where Pitt is serving as IRB of record for multiple sites or studies where Pitt ceded review to another IRB (EXT submissions).

If a study is not transitioned by the deadline, HRPO will not process modifications of your existing protocols in either OSIRIS or PittPRO or any new submission in PittPRO until all of your approved studies are transitioned.

Here are a couple of reminders:
  * If you have, or are able to create, a de-identified data set for use during analysis, you can submit a final report and continue with the analysis
  * If you are leaving the study open because you have samples or data where secondary analysis might take place at a later date, you can terminate the study, maintain the data or specimens (even if identifiable) and submit a separate submission when you want to utilize the data or specimens. This was not an option in the past, but the Revised Common Rule now permits this to occur.

For additional FAQs on this topic, review the information at the following link:http://www.hrpo.pitt.edu/node/599.

OSIRIS Transition to PittPRO

  1. Create a New Study
  2. Re-create your OSIRIS application (copy/paste content from OSIRIS)
  3. On the Study Scope page, Item 10: Is this application being submitted to convert an approved study from OSIRIS to PittPRO (Tip Sheet)? Select Yes
    1. a. The Tip Sheet is a tool to help map the main sections of OSIRIS with corresponding pages in PittPRO
  4. Download the PittPRO Conversion form displayed in the beige textbox and upload into the OSIRIS Renewal Form section as requested
  5. Be sure and enter your OSIRIS study number (starting with either PRO or IRB) into OSIRIS ID section (email orp@pitt.edu if you need assistance)
  6. There may be new questions in PittPRO not previously addressed in OSIRIS
  7. For studies in Data Analysis Only or Long-Term Follow-Up, utilize the instructions found here: http://www.hrpo.pitt.edu/node/572
  8. Remove the footer from the OSIRIS consent form before uploading into PittPRO


The HRPO website at www.hrpo.pitt.edu offers extensive information and the A-Z Guidance section provides details on specific topics to assist with preparation of the application and the conduct of your research project.

Email us with any questions using one of the email addresses listed under Useful Links or call us at 412-383-1480. Do not hesitate to contact us at any time as we are here to assist you.  We offer consultations, pre-reviews, and training sessions.
 

Training Information: In order to access PittPRO, you are required to complete CITI training. Detailed information about training requirements is available on the Office of Research Protections website (www.orp.pitt.edu). Note: all members of the study team must have current training for the submission to move forward.

All users must complete CITI training using the University of Pittsburgh CITI portal at www.citi.pitt.edu. Individuals who completed CITI training may be able to transfer modules by linking existing CITI accounts to the Pitt CITI account during initial creation of the Pitt CITI account. Note that all institutions define the modules required for training, and therefore you may be required to complete additional modules.
 

Log-In Information

Use your Pitt HSConnect username and password:
 

Need to create a Pitt HSConnect account:
 

NOTE: It is important not to create duplicate accounts. If don’t know whether you have an existing account or have any other questions, contact the HSConnect support team at 412-648-2222.

PittPRO Training Sessions

Email orp@pitt.edu to schedule a training session.
Who should attend? Anyone who needs help creating a new application
Where? Learning Resource Center, Room 305, 3500 Fifth Avenue