You are more than likely preparing a formal, written proposal for your research if you are to present your findings, publish, apply for a grant, or if you are required to do so for a class. Remember, a written proposal is not needed to apply to IRB at UT but you are welcome to include one with your application packet. The process of writing a research plan helps to promote a foundation of sound science.
The following steps will assist with writing a proposal (if needed). All of this information is pertinent for the UT IRB Application, as a minimum. You can simply copy/paste much of this information directly into the application from your written proposal, if you do need to write one for your class or other project.
As a reminder, many Expedited projects and all Full Review projects will have a one-year expiration date. Once in a while, an exempt approval will also have a one-year expiration date. Be sure to read your approval letter for this clarification. Two weeks prior to the expiration date, you will need to fill out a Continuing Review Form or a Project Closure Form and submit it to the IRB.