Human Subjects Research

Important Announcement

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The University of Arkansas is committed to ensuring that researchers use safe, ethical practices when engaging in human subjects research. In accordance with Federal Regulations and University of Arkansas Policies and Procedures Governing Research with Human Subjects, the Institutional Review Board (IRB) is responsible for the oversight of all Human Subjects Research (HSR). Where IRB approval is required by University policy or federal or state regulation, researchers must obtain approval prior to the inception of the project. Projects cannot be approved retroactively.


In order to define HSR, one must define the terms "Research" (45 CFR 46.102(d)) and "Human Subject" (45 CFR 46.102(f)).

  • Research is a systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge. Activities which meet this definition constitute research for purposes of this policy, whether or not they are conducted or supported under a program which is considered research for other purposes. For example, some demonstration and service programs may include research activities.
  • Human Subject is a living individual about whom an investigator (whether professional or student) conducting research obtains (1) Data through intervention or interaction with the individual, or (2) Identifiable private information.

If the activity you are planning is systematic investigation designed to contribute to or develop generalizable information and involves obtaining data through interaction with an or identifiable private information from a living individual, you are engaged in HSR. You must submit a protocol for review; investigators may not engage in HSR prior to submission and approval of the protocol. HSR is reviewed according to one of three categories into which it falls: Research Which is Exempt From IRB Review; Research Eligible for Expedited Review Procedures; and Research Which Must Be Reviewed At a Properly Convened Meeting of the IRB (Full Board).

Protocols must be submitted through the RazorGrant system. Log into RazorGrant using your university ID and password.

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Submission and Deadlines

Submission deadlines vary according to the type of review required. You may make your own preliminary determination using the decision charts available through this link or request assistance from the IRB Coordinator (

  • Exempt - Protocols which qualify for exemption may be submitted at any time. Barring unusual circumstances, results of the review will be provided within one week.
  • Expedited - Protocols which qualify for Expedited Review are are due not later than 5:00 PM on Wednesday of each week. Protocols will be distributed to designated reviewers on Fridays. Reviewers must provide a response within one week. Investigators will be notified of review results within three days of receipt of results by the IRB coordinator. Protocols which miss the deadline will be held until the following week for distribution.
  • Full Board - Protocols which require review at a convened meeting of the IRB must be received at least seven business days prior to the meeting. Protocols will be distributed to the IRB members five days prior to the meeting date. Investigators will be informed of review results within three days.

Data Use Agreements

All data use agreements (DUA) must be sent to the IRB Coordinator with your completed Project Protocol Form.  The DUA  must be reviewed and approved by the Director of Research Compliance. A copy of the signed agreement will be forwarded to you for your records.

Resources for Investigators

Frequently Asked Questions

Research with Children

Research Involving Prisoners

Informed Consent

Investigator Responsibilities

Sample Documents


The current IRB roster can be found here.

IRB Fall Meeting Schedule

The IRB meets monthly during the academic year with the possible exception of the month of December. Days and times may vary from semester to semester. Once your protocol has been scheduled for review, you will be notified of the location of the meeting. Since a quorum of voting members is required to review protocols, investigators are encouraged to plan ahead and submit protocols for summer research in time for the April or May meetings. It is very difficult to get a quorum together during the summer months.

 All meetings will be held in 107 MLKG on the following dates:

  • Monday, August 20, at 12:00 Noon
  • Monday, September 10, at 12:00 Noon
  • Monday, October 8, at 12:00 Noon
  • Monday, November 12 at 12:00 Noon
  • Monday, December 10, at 12:00 Noon

 Resources for IRB Members

Approval of Research with Conditions: OHRP Guidance

Expedited Review Procedures Guidance

Criteria for IRB approval

 Researchers conducting projects sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) must complete training in the responsible conduct of HSR. Otherwise training is voluntary unless specifically required by the IRB. Either of the following training sites fulfills the requirements set forth by the NIH policy on required training.

Online training in the Responsible Conduct of Research is available through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). Investigators may log in using their university ID and password. At this time, training is voluntary. This is subject to change.

Online training is also available from the NIH Office of Extramural Research.

There is no charge to the trainee for either training activity.

 Concerns about the conduct of human subjects research activities on the UA campus or by UA investigators can be addressed to the Chair, any member of the IRB,  the IRB Coordinator or the Director of Research Compliance. Confidentiality requests will be honored to the extent allowed by the laws of the State of Arkansas and University policies. Individuals who have concerns about their rights as participants should contact the IRB Coordinator or other individual identified in the participant informed consent document. General questions can be sent to


 Contact IRB Program Staff

Director, Research        Compliance Jason G. Ramage

108 MLKG 

IRB Coordinator Iroshi (Ro) Windwalker

109 MLKG

IRB Chair  Douglas Adams

222 MAIN




IACUC Meeting: Friday, December 14 at 2:30 p.m. in AFLS D-105. Deadline for submitting protocols for review at the meeting is at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting. All PI’s submitting a new AUP are welcome to attend the meeting in person to present or answer questions if they so wish.