Researcher Resources

 Departmental Signoffs for Initial Submissions

  • New IRB applications for studies falling under exempt, expedited, or full board review require sign off in iRIS by the department assigned Scientific and  Scholarly Merit Reviewer and Department Chair: 



  • Policy Guides - topic focused guidance documents related to specific areas covered in the HSPPO policy manual.
  • Step by Step Initial submission process 
  • Submission Lifecycle - Guidance on Adding Study Personnel, Event Reporting Requirements, Amendments, and Study Closure
  • Data Use/Sharing Agreements: Contact the Office of Sponsored Programs ( for instructions on submitting these agreements for contract review.
  • IRB Newsletters

iRIS Submission System

Conducting Research in Jefferson County Public Schools

  • Contact the JCPS IRB with your research idea to ensure the research will be allowed within the school system.
  • You must obtain approval from the JCPS IRB prior to submitting to the University of Louisville IRB. 
  • Information for conducting research in the JCPS System and submitting to the JCPS IRB can be found on their website. The website includes JCPS policies, templates, and application process information. 
  • Once you obtain JCPS IRB approval, submit the approved materials to the UofL IRB through iRIS following the steps outlined on the Initial Submission tab.

Federal Regulations and Guidance

Study Management Tools for Investigators and Coordinators