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Research at URI

Human Subjects Protections


The University of Rhode Island Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews research projects which involve human subjects to ensure that two broad standards are upheld: first, that subjects are not placed at undue risk; second, that they give uncoerced, informed consent to their participation.

With representation from a wide range of scientific disciplines and from outside the academic community, the IRB gives individualized attention to the numerous research projects at the University.

Protocol Review Process

The length of the approval process is influenced by several varying factors, such as the complexity of a protocol, the risk of the project to the research subjects, and the completeness of documentation. In all circumstances, early submission combined with accurate documentation will result in an expedited approval.

The IRB application process starts with your submission of the application form, consent forms and other required appendices/materials. The ORI staff pre-reviews your application to make sure all of the necessary materials are there for IRB review. The ORI staff will contact you by email if your application or forms are not sufficient and will let you know what needs to be done to get your application ready for review by the IRB.

Applicants must submit application materials to the IRB at least two weeks prior to the date of the scheduled IRB meeting. Please allow at least 4-6 weeks for protocol review, depending on the complexity of the project, the risk of the project to the research subjects, and the extent of revisions required.

General Guidance

Submission Process and Forms

All information must be submitted through IRBNet.  Refer to the link below for required forms and sample documents.

Human Subjects Research Training



Federal Guidance






Compliance Quick Links