Applying to the IRB

The IRB is introducing the new Application Form for Initial Review. The form can be used for all types of review (exempt, expedited, full).

Use Exempt Categories Checklist to determine if your research may qualify for exemption. Include the exempt checklist with your application. Use Expedited Categories Checklist to determine if your research may qualify for expedited review. Include the expedited checklist with your application.

Studies that do not qualify for Exemption or Expedited review must be reviewed by the IRB at a convened meeting (Full Board review). Studies requiring Full Board review present more than minimal risk to subjects, and/or involve populations, such as children, prisoners, and/or other groups with diminished capacity to consent (e.g., Alzheimer patients) or vulnerable to coercion or undue influence. Only the IRB can make a final determination concerning the level of review required for a given study.

Application for Initial Review


Appendices are required to be submitted with your application for research with certain subject pools: 



Human Subjects Research at the Chicago Public Schools

If you are interested in conducting research in the Chicago Public Schools, a separate proposal must be submitted to the Chicago Public Schools Research Review Board (RRB) for review. Information about the CPS Research Review Board and its policies and procedures:

Questions about the application process? Contact the IRB Office at or (773) 442-4675.