IRB Application Process

Any Andrews University investigator planning a research study involving human subjects must submit an application for IRB review and approval or determination of exemption before initiating any interaction with subjects or their identifiable data.  This is also applicable to all external investigators intending to collect data from AU students, faculty and staff.

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 Application Form

Formulaire de demande


Formulário de Aplicação


Make sure that your proposal is reviewed and approved by your research advisor prior to submission to the IRB.  If you are in a doctoral program you must defend your dissertation or project proposal secure approval prior to submmitting IRB application.  Note that an email from the advisor to irb@ indicating that the advisor has reviewed and approved the IRB application for submission sufficiently satisfies the requirement.  Incomplete applications without the advisor’s approval will not be processed.

Submit the application form along with required supporting documents to  Below is what is required and sample documents for your perusal.  A complete application should include the following: 


Sample Documents



1.  A completed Application Form



Application Form

2.  Research Protocol


See Guidelines

3.  Informed Consent Form/Assent (As applicable )


Regular   Online    Assent

4.  Data Collection Instrument(s)



5.  Recruitment Documents



6.  IRB Approval or Institutional Consent Letter ICL


Sample ICL

7.  Ethical Training (NIH, RCR)






Application submission checklist for IRB and Classification


IRB Presentation Download


Be sure to follow the IRB application guidelines.