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Institutional Review Board (IRB): Get Started with IRB

Get Started!

To prepare for the IRB process, please follow the steps indicated below:

  1. Complete CITI training
  2. Review institutional policies
  3. Consider the feasibility of your study
  4. Prepare supplemental documents
  5. Start your application in Cayuse using the Quick Start Guide

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Step 1: Complete CITI training

Researchers must complete the most current online training through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) program. To review the requirements for CITI training, please visit our CITI Training page.

Step 2: Review Institutional Policies

Review institutional policies before designing your research study.

Step 3: Consider the feasibility of your study

As you develop your research, ask yourself these questions to consider the gatekeepers involved in your study, the possible risks, the benefits of the study, permissions, and potential challenges:

  • Is your recruitment plan clear?
  • How will you obtain the data you want to use?
  • Will you be able to accurately portray and understand what your participants/data had to say?
  • Are the data analyses well-developed?
  • Will you be able to collect data that you propose?

To help with considering the feasibility of your study design, please use the following checklist:

Step 4: Prepare Supplemental Documents

Before beginning your application you should prepare any supplemental documents that are needed.  Follow this link to find information that will help you Prepare IRB Documents.  If you are planning to do research with adult human subjects, we highly recommend attending our IRB Group Writing Sessions before starting or submitting your IRB application. In these sessions, you can receive feedback on your eligibility criteria, recruitment materials, and consent material for human subjects research. You can also learn how to complete the IRB application.

PIs who use our writing services tend to receive IRB approval more quickly than PIs who do not.

Step 5: Start Your Application in Cayuse

Once you have completed all of the previous steps you may begin your IRB Application in Cayuse. If you are dissertation student, you will also need a committee approved dissertation proposal (DP).  If you are a non-dissertation student, you will also need an NU-affiliated sponsor to approve your study as ready for application.  Please use the Submit to IRB page for assistance with using our application system.