Do you need to submit to the IRB?

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

  • Does your project meet the definition of “Research”?
    Are you planning or conducting a project with the goal of generating scientifically valid results, which will be shared with other professionals in your field?
  • 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 or identifiable biospecimens?

If you answer YES to the above questions, IRB review and approval is required before you may begin your study.

If you’re not sure, or if it doesn’t meet these definitions but you need formal notification from the UWM IRB, complete a Determination form through I-Manager. Click here for instructions.

Turnaround time depends on workflow and the number of submissions received; please see our main webpage for a current estimate of review time.