Cluster Project Process

Project Planning Guidebook

Developed by faculty, this guidebook is designed to assist you in planning, submitting, implementing, and recording all aspects of your project. The Guidebook is organized into three sections. Section 1 provides guidance by addressing the definition of a Cluster Project. Section 2 provides detail on planning, requesting approval, implementing, and reporting on a project. Section 3 provides information on project support: personnel planning, travel planning, purchasing supplies, catering, etc. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your cluster leaders or colleagues on the IC Project Review Team.

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Downloadable Forms

Complete Your Project

Project Completion Report TemplateThis report captures highlights of activities, outcomes, and the lessons have learned through this experience. We also are interested in archiving and sharing photos, videos, and other documents with internal colleagues and selectively with external audiences. Please review this document as you begin project activities and submit the completed form to the project manager, Ross Humer.

Institutional Review Board

All PSU research activities proposing to involve human participants must be reviewed and receive written, unconditional approval from the IRB before commencing. The Federal Government has specific regulations, 45 CFR 46, regarding the use of human participants in research and requires such activity to be reviewed by an Institutional Review Board prior to any data being collected. . In 45 CFR§46.102 research is defined as “(d) … a systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge.” This definition has been routinely interpreted as activities intended for presentation outside a classroom/educational setting. Any activities involving human participants that are intended to contribute to the “generalizable knowledge” must be reviewed by the PSU IRB without exception (this includes thesis, dissertations, research studies (quantitative/qualitative), independent studies, etc.). Visit PSU’s Institutional Review Board website to learn more.