Research, Accountability, and Assessment
RESEARCH PROPOSAL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

The BCPS Institutional Review Board (IRB) is responsible for managing the approval of all requests from agencies, universities, companies, and individuals (including BCPS employees) who wish to conduct research in BCPS. If you would like to conduct a research study, please follow the steps outlined below.

Currently, Baltimore County Public Schools is limiting the amount of new external research projects by entities, such as government agencies, private organizations, and institutions of higher education.

  • Internal research projects from BCPS staff members will continue to be reviewed.
  • Dissertations from non-employees will not be reviewed.

Complete the online Proposal Interest Form. To complete this form you will need the following information:

  • Principal Investigator Name and Contact Information (address, phone number, e-mail)
  • Name(s) of any Sponsoring or Affiliated Institutions

Once the proposal interest form is submitted, a confirmation email will be sent with next steps. Please review the Proposal Submission Guidance document for information on all of the materials needed to complete the proposal application. Please see a summary list of information you will need to complete the proposal application:

  • Basic study information (title, abstract, research questions, and proposed timeline)
  • Recruitment process (target populations, recruitment materials, and consent/assent documents)
  • Data collection process (types of data, instruments, method, and security provisions)
  • Institutional Support (IRB approval or letter of support)
  • Request to release BCPS data (if applicable)

Submission of a research proposal does not guarantee approval. All participation by BCPS students, parents, and staff is voluntary. Each proposal will be evaluated on the following:

  • Burden to students and staff
  • Impact on instructional program
  • Benefits to BCPS

Review and Notification: Only completed proposals will be reviewed at the monthly IRB meeting. You will be notified about the status of the study and your next steps by e-mail within ten days after the committee meeting. You are encouraged to submit your completed proposal well in advance of your project’s anticipated start date. Researchers must provide BCPS a copy of each report or product developed as a part or outcome of the research project. Researchers may not charge BCPS for any of these reports, projects, or summaries.

If you have any questions about the research proposal review and submission process, please email Research-IRB@bcps.org.
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