The University of the Incarnate Word's Institutional Review Board ensures University compliance with federal, state, local, and University regulations with regard to human subjects research. For information on regulatory compliance, policy and procedure, or the UIW IRB, please contact the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects Operations at (210) 805-3036.
Before You Apply
Before submitting a research protocol for IRB approval, read the IRB Manual and familiarize yourself with the approval process, regulations for the conduct of human subjects research, and responsibilities of the principal investigator (PI). Be sure all investigators – including co-investigators and faculty supervisor (if applicable) – take the required CITI training before applying.
Remember: The IRB cannot review protocols for projects in-progress or already completed. Per federal regulations, human subjects research cannot be reviewed for IRB approval following the conduct of the research.
Creating a New User Account
The UIW IRB uses the “Ethics Review Manager” web based management system. In order to use the system, applicants will need to create a New User account. Follow these steps to register for an account:
Completing and Submitting the Application
All applications must be submitted online via this website. Guides for submitting IRB applications, continuing review requests, amendments, and closures can be found by clicking “Help” tab at the top left of the screen above. The Help section also includes templates for the Research Protocol and consent forms.
A complete online IRB Application includes the following components:
The Application Form and Research Protocol are submitted via
online forms. It is recommended that you prepare the Research Protocol ahead of time in Word, then copy and paste it into the online form. Recruitment Materials, Consent Documents, Instruments for Data
Collection, and any additional supplementary documentation are uploaded to the
Documents section of the online application. Please note that the online Research Protocol form cannot accept tables or figures; any tables or figures you would like to include with your Research Protocol should be uploaded as Word files to the Documents section.
Read each section of the application carefully and provide all required information. Incomplete applications will be returned without review. If the PI is a student, the Faculty Supervisor’s contact information must be provided, and the application will be forwarded to the Faculty Supervisor for review and signature before submission.
Notification of Approval
Applicants will be notified electronically of IRB decisions including: requests for revision or clarification, conditional approval, and approval. Unless you receive a letter of approval, you may not initiate any research activity involving human subjects.
Review, Study Status Update, Amendment, and Closure
IRB approval is good for one year. Before a protocol's expiry, investigators must submit a request for a renewal or closure of the protocol. The Continuing Review form should be used to renew all Expedited and Full Board protocols. The Study Status Update form should be used to renew all Exempt protocols. A Closure form should be used to report the closure of all protocols. Submission is mandatory. Failure to inform the IRB of continued work or closure of a protocol will result in administrative closure and notification of Federal and University policy violation.
Courtesy notification of protocol expiry is given 60, 30, and 14 days prior to expiration.
Any change to the approved study (including research procedures, instruments, title, research sites, addition or removal of investigators, change of faculty supervisor, number of subjects, consent form, or recruitment materials) must be reported to the IRB before implementation using the Amendment Request form.
To submit Continuing Review, Amendment, and Closure Request forms, return to your approved IRB protocol within the online system and choose "Create SubForm" from your protocol's Action menu.