The Institutional Review Board (IRB) supports the scientific community at St. Edward's by providing ethics oversight for human subjects research.

All human subjects research at St. Edward's must be sanctioned by the IRB before data collection may begin. This site provides resources in order to guide you through your proposal submission and to help bring your project into compliance with Federal, State, and University policies that are pertinent to the protection of human subjects (see 45 CFR 46).

Our mission is to assist University-affiliated investigators in carrying out the most informative research possible while ensuring that it is rendered with the utmost consideration and respect for those involved. 

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"St. Edward's University IRB is now in session for the Fall 2020 semester. Please expect a ~20 business day turnaround for all new study submissions. The IRB will continue to review exemption requests, expedited proposals, and studies that qualify for Full Board review. Additionally, if any student or faculty member needs any assistance, feel free to contact or set up a Zoom meeting with our IRB Administrator ("

Does my research need review? What type of submission should I prepare?

Click here for an overview of exemption qualifications. Note that the IRB will ultimately determine the level of review needed for your study (i.e., exempt, expedited or Full Board). Also, note that you must formally request an exemption if your research qualifies.

  • All new, non-exempt human research proposals should be submitted through the IRB Submission Portal.
  • Before continuing, you may wish to review the IRB Application Guide or visit our Guidance Page.
  • Be sure to complete your required CITI ethics training prior to any proposal submissions or Exemption Requests.
  • Expect a ~20 business-day turnaround for all IRB submissions except for those needing Full Board review.
  • Proposals that are likely to need Full Board review must be received at least 14 days prior to a scheduled meeting (dates listed below). All other requests may be submitted anytime. NOTE: The IRB does not meet May through August.
  • General inquiries may be sent to We are available to assist you!

Request an Exemption

IRB Submission Form for Expedited and Full Board Proposals

Request a Revision or Continuation