Office of Responsible Research Practices
The Ohio State University

Human Subjects Research at COSI

The Center for Science and Industry (COSI) and The Ohio State University have entered into a partnership that facilitates Ohio State research and outreach at COSI in downtown Columbus.

What types of research can be conducted at COSI ?

Behavioral and social sciences and biomedical research projects, involving adults and children, may be appropriate for this setting.

How is research conducted at this site?

This partnership gives Ohio State investigators, in a variety of disciplines, access to potential study volunteers in a community based setting. The Ohio State University Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews proposals for research at COSI.

The Ohio State Principal Investigator (PI) is responsible for the overall conduct of the study including the need to inform COSI and the Ohio State IRB of any unanticipated or serious problems.

How does an Ohio State faculty member or student get approval to conduct a project at COSI?

  1. Contact Dr. Joe E. Heimlich (, or 614-228-2674, x2425) or Rita Deedrick, Director of the Center for Research & Evaluation ( or 614-629-3141) to discuss your project.
  2. Obtain a COSI letter of support.
  3. Upload the letter of support along with the applicable human subject research submission into the Buck-IRB system.
  4. For final COSI approval, provide Dr. Heimlich or Ms. Deedrick a copy of one of the following:
    1. Ohio State IRB approval letter
    2. IRB exemption determination or
    3. ORRP staff determination that the project is not regulated human subjects research.

Does my project need IRB review or exemption?

For more information and examples of scholarly projects that are and are not subject to these requirements, see HRPP policy Research Involving Human Subjects.

If a project involves interactions with people or the use of personal information, uses a systematic approach, and contributes to generalizable knowledge, the IRB regulations will usually apply.

Need help?

Contact Michael Donovan, Senior Behavioral & Social Sciences IRB Protocol Analyst, at 614-292-6950 or

The IRB staff will be happy to provide consultation and to respond to any questions to help investigators efficiently navigate the approval process.