Application Submission Information

Step 1: Education

You must first complete an appropriate training to conduct research with human subjects. More information about human subjects research training can be found here:


Step 2: IRB application

Please submit the following documents:

Protocol Narrative: For all studies, except secondary data research. For secondary data research, please submit "Existing Data Application" form.

Informed Consent: For all studies, except secondary data research.

    • If you request to waive the requirement for obtaining informed consent or request to approve a consent procedure that leaves out or alters some or all of the elements of informed consent, please submit a "Waiver or Alteration of Consent" form.
    • If you are recruiting participants who are under 18 years old, you need to obtain parental permission and assent from minors. 

Recruitment materials: Any recruitment materials to recruit potential participants (e.g., emails, verbal script, flyers, posters).

Study materials: Questionnaires, surveys, interview questions, stimuli/apparatus, etc.

Faculty Statement from the faculty advisor if the principal investigator is a student.

Letter of Agreement if conducting a research at or in collaboration with an institution/agency/organization or in a classroom. 

Any other documents relevant to your research.


Note: Only the initial Protocol Narrative/Existing Data Application and its supplementary documents can be submitted via COEUS. Modification forms and Annual Continuing Review Request forms  need to be emailed to our office


EStimated ApProval Timeline

You will receive preliminary feedback on your documents after 2 - 3 business days of submission. Approval time will be based on when we receive the complete IRB package that is ready for comprehensive review.


Exempt research: 2 - 4 business days once complete IRB package is received.

Expedited research: 5 - 7 business days once complete IRB package is received.

Full Board research: At a convened full board meeting.

*International research may take longer to obtain approval as consultation from an expert is sought to gain sufficient knowledge of the local research context. 


application forms

Protocol Narrative (doc) updated Feb 2017
Existing Data Application (docupdated Jan 2017
Annual Continuing Review Request Form (docupdated Jan 2017
Modification Form (docupdated Jan 2017
Waiver or Alteration of Consent (docupdated Jan 2017
Protocol Closure Form (docupdated Jan 2017

Biologic Specimen Banking Application (RTF)
Unanticipated Problem/ Adverse Event/Complaint Form (RTF)
HIPAA Waiver of Authorization Form (RTF)
Re-Consent Form (RTF)
Research Involving Prisoners (PDF) (RTF)
DNA Research Registration Form E (PDF) (RTF)
Mechanical/Electrical Approval Form (RTF)
International Research (RTF)

Faculty Supervisor's Statement (docupdated Jan 2017
Informed Consent (docupdated Jan 2017
Audio Video Photography Permission Statement (docupdated Jan 2017
Assent (Children and Cognitively Impaired) (RTF)
Parental Permission (RTF)
DNA Informed Consent (RTF)
Conflict of Interest Financial Disclosure Sample Statements (PDF)
Letter of Agreement (RTF)
Telephone Screening Script (RTF)

Informed Consent Checklist (RTF)
Guidelines for Recruitment (RTF)

Last Updated: 3/27/17