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 Introduction to the IRB Presentation (PDF).  Further training materials are available in the IRB Resources page. Note that the new EU General Data Protection Regulation may apply to your research.  Please consult the University of Illinois system supplemental privacy notice for more information.

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

Additionally, any survey conducted on campus or with alumni must be approved by the Institutional Data Steering Committee. See the campus policy for further details:

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

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 Summer 2018 meeting schedule and protocol submission deadlines are posted below. All meetings will be held in PAC 5A.

Summer 2018 Meeting Dates Time Deadline date for protocol submission
July 11, 2018 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM June 27, 2018


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.

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