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Getting Started FAQs

I’ve never used Zipline before. What are the top 5 things I should know before getting started?

  1. We recommend preparing the IRB protocol and any other study documents before creating the Zipline application. See IRB Protocol Tips [6] for tips on filling out the form.
  2. Use the help text embedded within the application SmartForm, indicated by a question mark icon, if you aren’t sure how to respond to a question.
  3. The PI or a designated PI proxy [7] must submit the Zipline application before HSD can begin review.
  4. If HSD requests clarification about your study, the PI or a designated PI proxy [7] must complete the Submit Response activity before HSD is able to move forward with the review. If you respond using a comment, HSD cannot take the actions necessary to move forward.
  5. If you get stuck, check out the Researcher Guide [8] or contact HSD staff [9] for help.

I’m a student researcher and I’ve never used Zipline before. What do I need to know?

All students and residents who are listed as the principal investigator on an IRB application must provide documentation that they have completed the IRB 101 tutorial [10] and receive faculty advisor sign-off for their Zipline studies before the UW IRB will approve or grant exempt status to their application.

screenshot of an accepted faculty advisor review

How do I get access to Zipline?

All new users must self-register to create an account. Zipline users log in with their UW NetID. If your self-registration fails, you must email hsdinfo@uw.edu [14] to request that HSD create an account on your behalf.

If you do not have a UW NetID, a UW affiliate must sponsor a NetID for you. See how to get a sponsored UW NetID. [15] For example, if you are affiliated with Seattle Children’s, and are requesting that the UW IRB review your study, you will need a sponsored UW NetID. For additional assistance with your UW NetID or password, contact UW IT at help@uw.edu, or 206-221-5000.

How do I get Zipline access to studies that I manage?

When you log in to Zipline, you are only able to see studies that you have been given permission to view or edit. If you only need to view a study, a study team member who can access the Zipline study may add you as a study guest. If you need to edit the study and/or act as a PI proxy, you must be added to the Local Study Team Members page on the Zipline application. See Managing Study Access [16] for more information.

Can I access Zipline on my Mac, smartphone, tablet, etc?

Zipline is accessible from most any internet connection; however there is no mobile version or app. There will be slight differences in how documents open or download depending on the browser used.