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.
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.
- Submit a New Protocol (Faculty/Staff)
- Submit a New Protocol (Student)
- How to Submit an Amendment
- How to Submit a Continuing Review
- How to Close a Protocol
Appendices are required to be submitted with your application for research with certain subject pools:
- Appendix A: Use of School Classrooms
- Appendix B: Use of Children as Subjects
- Appendix C: Use of Prisoners as Subjects
- Appendix D: Use of Databases, DNA, Tissue and/or Sample Banks
- Appendix E: Use of International Subjects
Ceding to external irb
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.
Informed Consent Form
individual investigator agreement
Mentor Application Questions
NEIU Institutional Review Board (IRB)
Research Involving Children
Please submit your IRB application with the supporting materials on Mentor.
Questions about the application process? Contact the IRB Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (773) 442-4675.