Institutional Review Board (IRB)


The Institutional Review Board is charged with the following:

  1. To review and approve all research involving humans conducted by faculty, staff, or students acting as representatives of Manchester University.
  2. To review the policies and practices related to human and non-human animal (as defined above) research at Manchester University.
  3. To inform the Academic Policies Committee of changes in institutional policy regarding the “Ethics Guidelines for Research Involving Humans and/or Vertebrate Animal Subjects.”


Please follow the steps below to request approval for research.

  1. Determine if your study meets the requirements for an expedited or formal review. (Most studies at MU fall under expedited research.)
  2. If you meet the qualifications for expedited review, please complete the Application for Expedited Research Review.
    1. Complete information in required boxes.
    2. Attach required description of research.
    3. Attached required informed consent. (See sample.)
    4. Include any surveys or other needed documentation.
    5. Email all attachments to
  3. Use the formal review form if you are unable to meet all of the criteria for an expedited review.


Office of Human Subjects Research

The OHSR, part of the National Institute of Health, issues regulations for the protection of human subjects of research and provides instruction and guidance in ethical issues associated with such research. OHSR information sheets include guidelines for writing research protocols and for writing informed consent documents.

Tutorial on Protecting Human Research Participants

This free tutorial is offered by the National Institute of Health’s Office of Extramural Research. Although it is recommended by the IRB, completion is not required for approval.


Email the Institutional Review Board at:

Please note: IRB on the North Manchester Campus is in session September 1 thru December 15 and February 1 thru May 1; IRB on the Fort Wayne Campus is in session July 1 thru June 30.

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