Member Benefit: SBER Network

Are you involved in the ethics and oversight of social, behavioral, and educational research (SBER)? Is your office understaffed and under-resourced? The unique issues and challenges faced by those who work in SBER-focused ethics and oversight are increasing, and PRIM&R's SBER Network is here to help. Led by members Linda Petree and Cecilia Brooke Cholka, this network is open to all PRIM&R members working with SBER.

Participation includes:

  • Access to the SBER Network Basecamp page where members can:
    • Post announcements and Network updates on a message board
    • Quickly share ideas and information with all other Network members in a group chat
    • Chat with Network members one-on-one through pings (direct messaging)
    • Track upcoming and past SBER Network and other SBER related events in a calendar
    • Share, store, and utilize various resources and documents in one place
  • Periodic Virtual Roundtables led by one or more members of the PRIM&R community, followed by open Q&A sessions
  • Access to samples, tools, checklists, and other resources in PRIM&R's Knowledge Center, as they become available
  • Space to meet onsite at our annual AER Conference
  • Periodic emails on new resources, tips, and updates on the Network
  • Ongoing support from professionals with SBER expertise

Upcoming Events

SBER Network Virtual Roundtable: IRB Agreements 101: What are they? How do we enter into one? What are some best practices?
April 8, 2019, 2-3 PM ET

Erik Williams, Compliance Specialist, Arizona State University
Susan Metosky, IRB Administrator, Arizona State University

IRB authorization agreements can be tricky for SBER institutions. There are a lot of issues to consider and obstacles to overcome when entering into these agreements – especially at small institutions or institutions where collaboration is uncommon. During this virtual roundtable, the presenters will introduce IRB authorization agreements, discuss how to enter into agreements, explore some best practices, and outline some issues to consider when entering into an agreement. Both individual study agreements and standing agreements for the entire institution will be discussed. This roundtable will also explore some of the considerations ASU had when entering into standing affiliation agreements with social behavioral institutions versus institutions that focus on biomedical research. There will be time at the end for discussion.

Register Now!*

*The SBER Network’s Virtual Roundtables have limited capacity. Please only register for this roundtable if you plan to attend the live event. All SBER Network members will be emailed a recording and any materials within one week of the roundtable.

Get in touch!

Ready to join the Network? Fill out this brief form to let us know.

You can ask a question, submit a resource to share, or volunteer to help lead a call by emailing We look forward to hearing from you!