Application process


How to Apply?

  1. Make sure your study needs an IRB clearance (it is a research project entailing data collection from human subjects, you are intended to publish it OR it is a student thesis).
  2. Study IRB Manual and take IRB Exam (on the E-course system ). For students: ask your supervisor(s) to take the exam
  3. Fill in the IRB Application Form. Choose the right type of Review. (For students: discuss Application with your supervisor)
  4. Submit the IRB Application Form, attach all consent forms, questionnaires, a screenshot of your IRB Exam, and other materials to with the title “New Application: Title of Study” (For students: copy your supervisor in the email). Note: All attached documents should be submitted in doc format.
  5. Note: All IRB Applications are accepted on a rolling basis (without deadlines) EXCEPT FOR Full Board Review. See the deadlines for Full Board Applications here. Please allow for up to 15 business days for the review to be completed. 


IRB Decisions

  • Approved: You may now proceed with the data collection activities as described in your application up till the end-date of the approval expiration date stated in the approval email to you.
  • Approved Subject to Modifications: The research can be approved pending specific conditions such as confirmation of specific understanding about the research process, submission of additional documentation, language changes to the protocol, and substantive changes to documents. Verification of the required changes may be performed by the IRB Chair or other designated IRB individuals.
  • Deferred: The convened IRB cannot fully evaluate the research under review and grant approval without modifications to the protocol or other documents, or submission of clarifications or additional materials. The PI is invited to provide required clarification and/or documents for further review.
  • Disapproved: Protocol described in the protocol does not sufficiently fulfill the criteria even with substantive clarifications or modifications to the protocol. The PI may revise and resubmit his/her protocol as a follow-up application, or resubmit as a new application.


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