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IRB Definition

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

for the Protection of

Human Subjects of Research

Persons conducting research involving human subjects have an ethical, as well as professional, obligation to ensure the safety, protection, and rights of participants.

The IRB committee is responsible for reviewing any research and related activities involving humans as subjects proposed by any member (full-time or part-time) of the USI faculty, staff, or student body.

Existing data that has already been collected for either research or non-research purposes can be used in IRB protocols but is subject to the regulations in 45 CFR 46. All investigators must complete an application, submit it for review, and receive approval before any research procedures can begin.

The IRB Committee is additionally responsible for determining any violation of research activities, risk to human subjects, and compliance with federal regulations.

As of August 1, 2012,

all IRB projects must be submitted for review using IRBNet.

The Office of Sponsored Projects

and Research Administration

will no longer accept paper applications or applications emailed to our office.

Please note:

An application will not be forwarded for review

until all required electronic elements

are received via IRBNet.


IRB office contacts


the Office of Sponsored Projects and Research Administration

for questions about the IRB process


  Phone: 812-228-5149

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