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Steps to Prepare for Xlab Experiments

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STEP 1: Read Benefits of Xlab.
STEP 2: Researcher submits the Experiment Request Form.

STEP 3: Xlab Administrator will contact the researcher to schedule a meeting with her/him and Xlab Technology Support. They will determine whether or not the lab can support the experiment.
STEP 4: All new reseachers MUST begin and complete the Human Subjects Training and save the certificate of completetion as a PDF document. The training will take approximately a week to complete. This document is required to be attached to your eProtocal Application that you will submit later. To complete this training go to UCB CPHS and look for the Online Training under For Researchers: Education & Training.

STEP 5: New researcher preparing applications/protocols for the Committee of the Protection of Human Services (CPHS) for Xlab projects must contact Latara Harris [latara_harris@berkeley.edu/(510)643-0384] prior to beginning the submission process for your eProtocol. Latara and her colleagues at Research Enterprise (RES) Compliance Department will provide protocol writing assistance. The RES Compliance team will build the application in eProtocol. Please add Miho Tanaka to your CPHS application under Other Contact. The Xlab CANNOT guarantee to support protocol, even if it is approved by CPHS, if protocol was not pre-approved by Xlab (Step-3).

STEP 6: Once the application is complete, Latara will email you instructions on how to access eProtocol, add funding information, and how to submit the protocol to CPHS. ONLY when RES has reviewed your protocol and found it satisfactory should you Submit it through eProtocol.

STEP 7: (FOR COMPUTER EXPERIMENTS ONLY) Schedule a testing of your complete software program in a mock experiment. Contact Rowilma del Castillo (xtech@haas.berkeley.edu) to schedule a test. Program testing can be done prior to the receipt of CPHS approval and is required before a schedule request is approved. This test must take place at least 10 days prior to the actual experiment.

STEP 8: Researchers must email the following to Miho Tanaka at miho@haas.berkeley.edu.

  1. CPHS Approval Protocol with all attachments. View Printing Instructions for the Approval Protocol.
  2. CPHS Approval Letter. View Printing Instructions for the Approval Letter.
  3. Questionnaire
  4. Consent Form

STEP 9: Now, researchers are ready to schedule and conduct experiments! Please review Guidelines to In-Lab Experiment. To schedule an experiment, complete and submit a Schedule Request Form.

If you researchers have any questions regarding this process, contact:
Miho Tanaka, Xlab Administrator
(510) 642-8780
miho@haas.berkeley.edu