How do you apply for approval?

All human subjects research proposals require review by the IRB. See below for information about each type of application. All applications contain submission directions on the form and should be submitted to All students must have their application approved and signed by their faculty sponsor before submission to the IRB Committee.

Note: Prior to applying, please complete the required CITI training for Human Subjects Research. See our Training page for more details.


New Applications

All new applications should be submitted as a Form A, the Application for Review of Research Involving Human Subjects. This form requires the investigator to discuss the purpose/objectives of the research; background and rational for the study; the subject population; methods/procedures; incentives; risks and benefits; and privacy/confidentiality. Ensure that all consent forms are submitted with the application. For student projects, faculty advisor approval is required. Submit the application to the faculty advisor first, then he or she can submit it and all applicable attachments to the IRB.

Annual Renewals and Changes

Each year an annual review of the approved IRB application is required. A Form B needs to be submitted before the anniversary of approval. If changes are made to the research project at any time, a Form B is required even if the annual review date isn't upcoming. A Form B is also submitted when the researcher completes the research project.

Faculty Exemptions for Classroom Assignments

Faculty members who wish to use this procedure must submit a Form C, Student Class Project Application, indicating the course, the assignment, and a  copy of their certificate of completion of training. This Form must be approved by the IRB Chair prior to any projects proceeding; faculty also must require that students submit the appropriate application form for approval by the instructor (instead of submitting it to the IRB). At the end of the semester, a Classroom Project Completion Form must be  submitted which outlines the student's name, project title, a short description of the project and certifies that  the instructor has ensured that all human subjects protections have been met (including informed consent, anonymity, and minimal risk).