Education and Training

Educational Session Opportunities

The University of Iowa Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Human Subjects Office (HSO) are pleased to announce a variety of training and educational opportunities for investigators, delegates and research team members.

Click on the links, or see below, for information about:

HawkIRB Training Sessions

web-based IRB application and review system.  Training sessions provide basic information about technical aspects of the HawkIRB system and guidance about content for specific sections and questions in the HawkIRB application.  These sessions are for anyone preparing to submit a HawkIRB application for the first time and for those who would like guidance about completing HawkIRB forms.

These sessions are intended to teach investigators, delegates, and research team members how to prepare HawkIRB applications to facilitate the IRB review process.  There is a two-part HawkIRB Training series. Attendance at the New Project session is recommended before attending the second session on Investigator Responsibilities after IRB Approval.

View the Fall 2019 HawkIRB Training Sessions

Pre-registration recommended


IRB Educational Tools

The Human Subjects Office issues guidance on a variety of topics to assist UI and VA researchers.

View the IRB Educational Tools


Office Hours

IRB Office Hours are for all UI faculty, staff, and Investigators, HawkIRB delegates, and research team members involved with Human Subjects research.  

No appointment necessary.  First come, first served; computers are available. HSO Staff will be available to:

  • Answer questions about conducting human subjects research.
  • Provide guidance and answer questions about the electronic application forms in the HawkIRB system.
  • Provide suggestions and guidance about study procedures that are in compliance with federal regulations and the UI IRB policies.
  • Provide guidance and answer questions about the submission of industry-initiated and industry-sponsored research projects to Western IRB (WIRB).

Mondays, 2 - 4 p.m. in S108 Lindquist Center
Wednesdays, 2 - 4 p.m. in 101 Hardin Library
Thursdays, 10 a.m. - noon in 101 Hardin Library

Please see the HSO Calendar for all Fall 2019 office hour dates.

HSO staff also available to talk over the telephone or by appointment.  Contact us at 319-335-6564 or


Research-related topics

The IRB offers hour-long presentations on a variety of topics related to human subjects research. These presentations are designed to provide information on topics of interest to Principal Investigators, Study Coordinators, research team members, and members of the University of Iowa research community. 

Presentation topic suggestions are always welcome; email ideas to:


Classroom Presentations

The IRB Education and Compliance Program staff deliver classroom presentations on a variety of research-related topics.  We consult with course instructors to create presentations that meet the needs of the students, on topics such as:

  • Requirements for course-related student projects
  • When and why IRB approval is required
  • How to ask whether IRB approval is necessary using the Human Subjects Research Determination (HSRD)
  • What to expect from the IRB review process
  • Ethical conduct of human subjects research
  • Flexibility in the federal regulations regarding IRB review and informed consent
  • Ethical conduct of human subjects research

Contact the IRB Education and Outreach Program staff to schedule a classroom presentation.

Human Research Protection Program Presentations


ICON Courses for Researchers

University of Iowa faculty, staff, students, and non-University of Iowa investigators engaged in Community-Based Research can access important information about HawkIRB- the web-based IRB application and review system, best practices for the conduct of human subjects research, and other topics of interest to investigators who conduct research involving human participants.

This course is available via (ICON).

Click here for the log-in screen.

If you would like to discuss use of this IRB ICON a class or group requirement, or if you have any questions or concerns about the ICON course, please contact

IRB Display and Education Materials

The Education and Outreach Program has a table top display about the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and the Human Subjects Office.  We welcome opportunities to set up this display and hand out educational materials at research-oriented events such as conferences and workshops, poster sessions, training events for new faculty, staff or students, etc.

The following handouts and flyers are available:

The schedules are available to post on bulletin boards or distribute electronically to researchers at the University of Iowa (UI) and at the Veterans Affairs Health Care System (VAHCS).  The Resource Card and Overview for Researchers handouts would be useful for anyone who is conducting research at the UI or the VAHCS; faculty, staff and student researchers.

Contact the IRB Education and Outreach Program staff regarding opportunities to set up the IRB display or distribute IRB educational materials.