If you plan to conduct research on human subjects, you will need to work with CU Boulder’s Institutional Review Board (IRB). The purpose of the IRB is to help ensure that human subject research is conducted in an ethical manner and in compliance with all Federal and CU Boulder guidelines.

Sponsors generally do not request IRB approval at proposal stage, but it is important to obtain any necessary approvals in a timely manner. Note that NIH requires IACUC approval at the JIT stage, and, if awarded, a project SpeedType will not be setup until approval has been obtained.

If you are a new researcher or a veteran looking for more information, please visit the IRB’s Getting Started page in order to understand all of the requirements surrounding research on human subjects. The IRB can also help you to determine whether or not your research requires IRB Review.

Visit IRB's Common Questions for more information.