Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all face-to-face research activities should be placed on hold immediately. Investigators are not required to notify the IRB of this temporary hold, but are encouraged to maintain a log of studies/activities placed on hold and report those to the IRB at the time of the next Continuing Review, as applicable. 

Read updates and information on Northeastern’s response to COVID-19. If you have any questions for the IRB, please do not hesitate to contact us at irb@neiu.edu.

Applying to the IRB

The IRB is excited to announce that it is transitioning from a paper-based submission system to an electronic application platform, Axiom Mentor. Virtually all IRB business will be conducted using this new system: using the Mentor system, you can submit, receive reviewer comments, amend, and receive approval letters electronically. Logging into Mentor uses your NEIUport login. Please note that as of May 12, 2020, the old application forms will not be accepted.

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's 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.

Getting started with mentor

When logging in to Mentor, the Institution ID is "neiu" (lower case). The username and password is the same as your NEIUport login credentials. 


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

Informed Consent Form

Ceding to external irb

individual investigator agreement 

Recruitment Materials

Translation Certification 

Human Subjects Research at the Chicago Public Schools

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

Research Involving Children 

Submission Instructions

Please submit your IRB application with the supporting materials on Mentor

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