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 Development at (210) 805-3036.

Before submitting a research protocol for IRB approval, read through 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. Failure to do so will result in a delay when processing of your application.

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. As soon as you identify a project's potential for publication or presentation stop conducting the research and apply for IRB approval. Data collected prior to the approval date cannot be included in the study.