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Submission Process

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All members of the St. Ambrose University (faculty, staff, students) who wish to conduct research involving human participants are to complete each of the items listed and submit it for review to the Institutional Review Board.

1. Each investigator listed must complete NIH training and provide a certificate as proof of completion.
2. Determination of Research Level: LEVEL 1 Qualifications | LEVEL 2 Qualifications
3. Compile instruments, consent forms, and all applicable documents (including scanned signature page).
4. Complete the Research Proposal Form.
5. Complete IRB Application online.

The Board will then determine whether or not the research meets University policy guidelines.


  • It is the researcher's responsibility to submit this information to the committee prior to conducting research, including pilot studies. You must adhere to these due dates and deadlines.
  • Faculty members who intend to conduct research in their classrooms with their students should submit these forms prior to beginning that research.
  • Projects are approved for a one (1) year period.
  • Researchers are required to submit a status report either upon completion of a project, or within one year of approval, whichever comes first.
  • Ongoing projects require annual submission of a status report.

Level 1 Review Procedure

If an investigator feels their proposal is eligible for a Level 1 review, select "Level 1" on the Research Proposal Form*. Within 3 business days of submission, the proposal will be assigned to the IRB chair and one or more committee members for review. The Principal Investigator will be notified of the assignment. Within one week of submission, the members assigned to review the proposal will do one of the following:

  • Approve the proposal
  • Approve the proposal with changes (change requests will be communicated and discussed with the Principal Investigator), or
  • Change the level of review to Level 2, send the proposal to the full committee for the next scheduled committee meeting, and notify the Principal Investigator of the level change (proposal change requests will be communicated and discussed with the Principal Investigator).

*Please note that if you classify your proposal as Level 1 and it is deemed Level 2, it could extend the review process. If you have any questions regarding your study's level, we encourage you to contact a member of the IRB.

Level 2 Review Procedure

If an investigator feels their proposal requires a Level 2 review, select "Level 2" on the Research Proposal Form. Proposals requiring a Level 2 review should be submitted at least one week prior to the next scheduled meeting. Level 2 proposals will be reviewed by all members of the committee at the next scheduled full IRB meeting. Within one week of that meeting**, you will receive notification from the Chair that the committee has decided to do one of the following:

  • Approve the proposal
  • Approve the proposal with changes (change requests will be communicated and discussed with you), or
  • Request that the proposal be resubmitted.

**The amount of time required to supply feedback after a full IRB meeting is dependent on the number of changes that will be requested. If you would like to make the review as quick and seamless as possible, we encourage you to contact a member of the IRB prior to submitting your proposal to ensure you have all of the necessary information and documentation.