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The Human Subjects Office (HSO) was established by the Vice President for Research to provide administrative support for the University of Iowa Institutional Review Boards. An Institutional Review Board is a group of individuals charged with reviewing proposed research involving human subjects to ensure the protection of those subjects and compliance with federal human subjects regulations. The University of Iowa has three such review boards, each consisting of faculty, staff, and representatives from the Iowa City community.


The mission of the University of Iowa Institutional Review Boards is to assure that the rights and welfare of human subjects are adequately protected in research.

Upcoming Events

Wed, May 31, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

How to Complete a HawkIRB New Project Application - Location: Hardin Information Commons East

Wed, May 31, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

IRB Office Hours - Location: 101 HLHS

Tue, Jun 06, 2017 - 9:00am to 10:30am

After IRB Approval: Continuing Reviews, Modifications, Reportable Event Forms (REFs), and Closing a Project - Location: HP Smith Auditorium (W256 GH), UIHC

Upcoming Meetings

Thu, Jun 01, 2017 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

IRB 01 Full Board Meeting - Location: 101 Hardin Library

Mon, Jun 05, 2017 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

IRB 01 Full Board Meeting - Location: 101 Hardin Library


HawkIRB Project Index Update

NEW! Enhancements to the eResearch (HawkIRB) application are now live in an effort to better inform you of the federal, state, and local policies that may apply to human subject research. We hope you find these enhancements helpful in preparing the eResearch application for IRB review.  The Human Subjects Office is excited to introduce the research community to a new educational tool in HawkIRB. We have affectionately referred to it as the HawkIRB Carousel. The carousel is the new index view you will see when you initiate a form in HawkIRB.

Should you need help in HawkIRB...

The "Help" information icon is available--get more detailed information on a question specific basis, definitions, and/or explanations for regulatory or institutional requirements behind the question.  We also have an extensive FAQ page available here