Institutional Review Board

The use of human subjects in research is extremely important to the development of new knowledge in many areas. However, careful attention must be given to questions of ethics and human dignity whenever human subjects participate in research.

All research involving human subjects (including course projects, capstone projects, master’s theses, and independent student research) must be formally reviewed and approved before any data are collected.

For additional explanation and instructions please view the IRB Presentation (ppt): Navigating the IRB 2016

External Researchers and Organizations Seeking IRB Approval – Thank you for your interest in including UIS students and employees in your research. We value human subjects research on this campus and encourage collaboration with our academic professionals and staff members. Please send us a copy of the IRB approval letter from your institution along with all the other necessary documents you submitted to your IRB (this should include your proposal, consent documents, applications, material, interview questions, surveys etc.) This information will be used as part of our internal review by our IRB. You may submit your information electronically to

Research protocols should be submitted to Mail Stop PAC 525, Attention: Office of Research & Sponsored Programs. The level of review required for each protocol (exempt, expedited, or full IRB review) will be determined by the UIS Human Subjects Review Officer.

Effective August 30, 2012, all investigators, students, and research staff conducting research with human subjects must complete training and education requirements every 3 years. Research will not be approved until the training requirements are met. Documentation of training must be provided to the IRB Office with all new applications or renewals.

The Spring 2017 meeting schedule and protocol submission deadlines are posted below. All meetings will be held in PAC 5A.

Spring 2017 Meeting Dates Time Deadline date for protocol submission
March 01, 2017 11:00 AM – 01:00 PM February 15, 2017
April 5, 2017 11:00 AM – 01:00 PM March 22, 2017
May 10, 2017 11:00 AM – 01:00 PM April 26, 2017


*Please be advised that we accept protocols on a rolling basis, but the deadline date for protocol submissions that may require full Board approval is two weeks prior to the scheduled IRB monthly meeting.