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.

Contact the Human Subjects Review Officer HSRO for clarification on the definition of human subjects research.

Types of Applications

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

Collaborative research, international research, and research involving vulnerable populations require extra information. Be sure to consult the forms, templates, and checklists area of this webpage.

Unless a waiver is requested, subjects must be informed before they can consent to participate in the research.

Please plan for 1-2 weeks for HSRO review, and 4-6 weeks for full board review.

Required Training

All investigators involved with the collection and/or analysis of human subjects research must complete training before the project can begin.  The training is free for members of the UIS community and can be completed online, following the instructions on our Required Training page.


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.

The Fall 2019 meeting schedule and protocol submission deadlines are posted below. All meetings will be held in PAC 457.

Fall 2019 Meeting Dates Time Deadline date for protocol submission
Sept. 17, 2019 11:00AM – 1:00 PM Sept. 3, 2019
Oct. 24, 2019 11:00AM – 1:00 PM Oct. 10, 2019
Dec. 5, 2019 11:00AM – 1:00 PM Nov. 21, 2019


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For additional explanation and instructions please view the Introduction to the IRB Presentation (PDF).  Further training materials are available in the IRB section of the Resources page. Note that the new EU General Data Protection Regulation may apply to your research.  Please consult the University of Illinois system GDPR Information page, which contains a section for Researchers.

Please contact us with your questions about the application process or the definitions of human subjects research: 217-206-7409.


UIS’ IRB is authorized by a Federalwide Assurance for the Protection of Human Subjects, #FWA00013968, through 12/13/2021.  Our Human Research Protections Policy is available on our Policy page.