A sponsor must be identified among Marywood University's full-time faculty, staff or administration for the following individuals:

  • All student researchers; For doctoral dissertation or thesis committees, this is usually the chairperson.
  • All adjunct or part-time faculty researchers
  • Researchers from an institution other than Marywood University who wish to conduct research at Marywood University or recruit research participants on its campus


Immediate family members may not serve as a research sponsor.

A research sponsor must register with IRBNet at www.irbnet.org and apply his/her electronic signature to the initial application and any renewals.

By agreeing to sponsor a student, adjunct/part-time faculty or off-campus researcher, the sponsor affirms that s/he has thoroughly read the application and that no data have already been collected by the researcher. Please review the Responsibilities of Investigators and Sponsors section for more detail.