Office of Research Compliance

Human Subjects (IRB) 

All studies that involve humans are potentially subject to federal government regulations.  This includes everything from clinical trials to surveys, interviews, and observation. Any research -- including masters and doctoral projects -- that calls for participation by people must be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) before the project can begin. All researchers who conduct human subjects research must complete the required CITI training, which can be located here.

IRB submission procedures can be found here.

Frequently asked questions regarding human subjects research can be found here.

Click here to read Ohio University's policy on human subjects research.

Click here to read Office of Research Compliance IRB Policy / Procedure Guidelines.

Click here to see Ohio University IRB approved Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs.)

Click here to see the announcement for the NEW electronic IRB system.

Q. When should I submit?

Research proposals are routed for review in a first in/first out basis.  Many studies qualify for exempt or expedited review, and thus go straight to a reviewer.  Studies that are deemed to be greater than minimal risk will be reviewed in a convened meeting of one of two committees (Biomedical or Social/Behavioral).  Each committee meets once per month and there is a submission deadline to be included on each month's agenda.

Click here for the Full Board meeting schedule and deadlines.

Q. Is there any training required?

All researchers conducting human subjects research must complete the online training module and submit proof of completion with the project outline form. Click here to access the online training modules.

Need help?  For more information on research involving human subjects, email or call 740-593-0664.