Welcome to the Social and Behavioral Sciences Institutional Review Board (SBS-IRB) at the University of Chicago.
The Protection of Humans Subjects involved in Research
Research activities involving the use of human volunteers or human subjects data conducted by UChicago researchers and students must be reviewed and approved by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) to ensure ethical research design and practice. See definition of "research" and "human subjects" under our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) link. The human subjects IRB protocol application 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 Overview of the IRB Submission and Review Process for more information.
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 IRB-AURA 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 data material 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.