Do you need to submit to the IRB?

Are you conducting research with human subjects?

Projects conducted by UWM faculty, staff and/or students that meet the regulatory definitions of (a) “research” AND (b) “human subjects” require UWM IRB review and approval.

Does your project meet the definition of “Research?” – Are you planning or conducting a project with the goal of generating scientifically valid results that will be shared with other professionals in your field outside of UWM?

Does your project involve “Human Subjects?” – Are you interacting with or observing people in person or online and collecting data about those people? OR Are you obtaining or accessing identifiable, private information about people?

If you answer YES to the above questions and you do not currently have IRB approval, please contact the IRB office to determine, for certain, if you need to submit your project to the IRB for review. Alternatively, you can complete and/or submit a “Determination Form.”

This form may be used as (1) a tool to help you determine whether you may need to submit a New Study to the UWM IRB, and/or (2) formal documentation that the UWM IRB is not “engaged” in human subjects research requiring UWM IRB review/approval

Click here to download the Determination Form

Please email the completed form to the IRB (  and the IRB staff will review and reply to you within five business days.