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 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. 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.

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 2018 meeting schedule and protocol submission deadlines are posted below. All meetings will be held in PAC 427.

Fall 2018 Meeting Dates Time Deadline date for protocol submission
September 18, 2018 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM September 4, 2018
 October 2, 2018 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM  September 18, 2018
November 6, 2018 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM  October 23, 2018
 December 4, 2018 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM November 20, 2018


UIS’ IRB is authorized by a Federalwide Assurance for the Protection of Human Subjects, #FWA00013968, through 12/13/2021.  Our Human Subjects Research Policy is available on our Policy page.  Note that UIS IRB Policy changes related to the revised federal Common Rule are delayed.


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 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.