Human Subjects Research and Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Information for navigating each step of the IRB process can be found in the menu links on this page. The HSPPO also has created document templates, guidance materials and other tools to assist researchers in developing a study protocol, submitting to the IRB for approval, and running a compliant research study.

For additional assistance finding information on this website or accessing iRIS, you may email or call (502.852.5188) our office or chat with an IRB staff member. You may also contact the IRB analyst assigned to your department for assistance with your submission.

The Research Education Program (REP) offers training opportunities covering topics relevant to the UofL research community. Individuals can RSVP to upcoming trainings, view past offerings, or submit a request for a departmental/class session.

Research personnel are directly involved in conducting the research with human participants through an interaction or intervention for research purposes, including participating in the consent process by either leading it or contributing to it; OR who are directly involved with recording or processing identifiable private information, including protected health information, related to those participants for the purpose of conducting the research study. All research personnel must be added to the research team in IRIS before they can begin working on the research. The IRB will not issue initial approval, continuation approval, or approve the addition of personnel if these items are not completed.

All research personnel must:

  • Upload a CV in the iRIS system.
  • Complete the required annual Attestation and Disclosure Form in the iRIS system.
  • Complete the required combined Human Subjects and HIPAA Research basic course through the CITI website.

iRIS profile:

Login to iRIS using an ULINK/Outlook user name and password:

To complete a profile in the iRIS system:
1. Upload your CV

2. Complete the “Attestation and Disclosure Form”.

CITI Human Subjects/HIPAA Training:

Individuals are required to take "Human Subjects and HIPAA Research" training before they can be added to a study team. The Human Subjects training course is combined with the HIPAA-Research course. The certification period, upon successful training completion is 4 years.

The basic course has 5 required modules and 5 electives. Total of 10 courses with passing score of 75%.

The refresher course has 1 required module and 7 electives. Total of 8 courses with passing score of 75%.

If you are a VA researcher and have taken the VA human subjects training, it did not include the HIPAA Privacy modules required to do research at UofL. You will need to also complete the HIPAA Privacy-VA Researchers-Basic Course to be compliant with UofL training requirements.

    Course Website:

    Course Registration: Video Tutorial

    Register for CITI or update your account

    If you need assistance, please consult our guides to registering and troubleshooting with the CITI program.

    Checking CV/Training:

    To verify if your research team has current Human Subjects and HIPAA Research training, login to use the Power BI reports.

    If your submission was stopped in iRIS for "training validation," proof of training for the personnel in question must be submitted to the iRIS Service Desk at: Below the search box, you will find "training update needed". Click on this icon and complete the form. Submissions will not be routed to the IRB until the training has been updated in the iRIS system.

    Non-University of Louisville Research Team Members:

    UofL Sponsored IT accounts can be requested for specific external individuals who need access to the iRIS system to conduct research activities reviewed by the UofL Institutional Review Board (IRB). Sponsorship is obtained through submitting a UofL IT Sponsored Account Request Form linked below. All requests will be reviewed by HSPP staff to ensure that there is a valid need for the account.

    Please review the HSPPO UofL Sponsored IT Account Guidelines and complete the request form as indicated.

    Please also note, the sponsored IT account does not give permission to work on a research project. If you are external to UofL (including volunteers, interns, or students that are minors), additional requirements may apply to be added to a UofL research team.

    The University of Louisville IRB reviews projects led by students. Students consists of those in undergraduate, graduate, post-doctorate, fellowships, and resident programs. The UofL IRB requires student led research to go through the same review process as any other research project at the University that involves participants. Student led research must be overseen by someone with a UofL faculty or staff appointment. This person must serve as the principal investigator (PI). The student may serve as a co-investigator or sub-investigator. It is the PI’s responsibility to ensure that applicable research policies, processes, and regulations are being followed. The PI is also responsible for issuing sign off of the research plan. After the PI signs off on the initial IRB submission, the student can submit to the IRB and respond to any questions or changes that the IRB may have. The IRB uses an electronic submission system called iRIS.