Initial Submissions

Effective January 1, 2023, all research protocols submitted to the Institutional Review Board will be required to be submitted via Kuali.

Kuali Submission Instructions:

Please open the Kuali protocol portal. Here you will complete the initial protocol submission form. For more information on how to use Kuali, please visit the Kuali Submissions page.

Detailed guidance and sample documents are also available on the "Samples and Guidelines" page to assist you with the submission process. For a form to be considered a complete submission, all required attachments and requested protocol information must be included. Please refer to the submission checklist for further information as to what is required.

Upon submission of the Initial Protocol Submission Form you will receive a confirmation e-mail from Kuali acknowledging receipt of your form. If you do not receive the confirmation e-mail upon submission, please e-mail

Additional Submission Information:

Please allow at least two business days for the initial pre-review processing of all Institutional Review Board submissions. The pre-review process is an assessment of completeness and appropriateness of the content of your protocol materials. During this phase, one of three events typically happens:

Your protocol could be approved as exempt,

your protocol could be sent on to committee for review, or

your protocol could be sent back if there are items missing or incomplete sections.

Following the pre-review, please allow at least one week for review of all IRB submissions.

Please note that all researchers must include certification documenting completion of the CITI ethics training program. For researchers who have not already completed the CITI ethics training program, please refer to the tab “CITI Certification & Ethics Tutorial” for more information. CITI ethics certificates are valid for 3 or 5 years from the date of completion depending on the training course completed.

If you are a student researcher, your Initial Protocol Submission must be prepared in consultation with a faculty advisor, and final version of your protocol must be submitted by the faculty advisor for review. The Institutional Review Board does not accept submissions directly from students.

If you are unsure whether or not your research should be submitted to the Institutional Review Board/IRB for review, please refer to "Does my research require IRB review?" or email

If you have any remaining questions that are not addressed on our website, please email your question(s) to, and we will respond to you with an answer as quickly as we can!