Welcome to the Social and Behavioral Sciences Institutional Review Board (SBS-IRB) at the University of Chicago.
The Protection of Human Subjects involved in Research
Research activities conducted by University of Chicago faculty and students that involve the use of human volunteers or analysis of identifiable human subjects data must be reviewed and approved by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) to ensure ethical research design and practice. For a discussion of which research projects must undergo IRB review, see Does My Research Need IRB Review?
The application for IRB review can be created on the AURA-IRB electronic system, http://aura.uchicago.edu/ .
IRB Application Review Process:
IRB approval is required before human subjects research can begin (including recruitment activities). Studies which qualify for approval under expedited review or exempt status are reviewed by the IRB Chair or a designee. Protocols determined to require review by the full IRB committee will be scheduled for the next scheduled IRB meeting. See The IRB Submission and Review Process for a detailed discussion of the submission and review process.
Human Subjects Protection Training Requirements:
Prior to submitting an IRB Application or adding new personnel to the research team, the SBS-IRB requires researchers to complete an ethical and regulatory training course in the conduct of human subjects research. For more information on human subjects training requirements, see the guidance at Human Subjects Protection Training Requirement
Using AURA-IRB online system for IRB Applications:
The online comprehensive system for IRB applications is called AURA-IRB (Automated University Research Administration). Visit: http://aura.uchicago.edu
Additional Information for Student Researchers:
The SBS IRB office provides ethical and regulatory educational sessions for classrooms, student groups or research centers upon request. We also welcome individual appointments in our office or, if needed, in other offices on campus.
Undergraduate Coursework Research Projects:
Students who plan to collect data from people STRICTLY FOR CLASSROOM ASSIGNMENTS OR COURSEWORK and NOT publish or present results outside of the classroom or use their data for theses or dissertations, do not have to submit their projects to the IRB, as these classroom projects do not meet the definition of "research." Nonetheless, students should always use best ethical practices when collecting and using social and behavioral data.
SBS IRB Listserv
If you would like to receive email updates from the SBS IRB with news about AURA IRB, new and revised IRB policies and guidance documents, and other SBS IRB news that affects researchers, you can subscribe to the SBS IRB listserv by going to https://lists.uchicago.edu/web/subscribe/sbs-irb and entering your email address.