Research Navigation Tool

UI Research Administration units use a web-based tool to begin the onboarding process for faculty and research scientists. To better assist you with setting up your research program, the navigation tool provides information about each unit and collects information about the nature and type of your research. Based on your responses, representatives from the various Research Administration and Compliance units will contact you to provide guidance and support during your onboarding process. After submission, you will receive an email with unit descriptions from the Navigation Tool. 

[Note: Although the tool is managed by the Human Subjects Office, it is not only for human subjects researchers. Researchers conducting any type of research are encouraged to complete this tool to connect with resources and support.] 

Follow this link to access the Research Navigation Tool.

For general information about the Research Navigation Tool and the onboarding process for new faculty and research scientists, please contact Kelly O’Berry, Assistant Director for IRB Education and Outreach in the Human Subjects Office at (319) 335-8477 or

For additional information, follow these links to the websites of the units/offices represented in the survey:

IRB Orientation Session

The IRB Education & Outreach team offers an IRB orientation session for new faculty and staff researchers. This can be for an individual new researcher or small group session that includes a study coordinator or other research staff working with the Principal Investigator. These sessions are tailored to fit the needs of the researcher. We typically start by asking about the focus of the new faculty member’s research. Then we share information about the following:

  • UI Human Research Protection Program
  • UI Institutional Review Board – structure, policies, and the IRB review process
  • Human Subjects Office operations 
  • Human Subjects Protections training requirements (CITI Training)
  • Overview of the eResearch (HawkIRB) application system 
  • Educational resources for researchers

ICON Course for Researchers

The Human Subjects Office offers additional trainings and resources that faculty are encouraged to use for reference. These modules are also useful for training students or other research staff. The ICON course for researchers includes HawkIRB trainings that are required for any student PI. 

Faculty are encouraged (but not required) to ask delegates, trainees, residents, and research scholars engaged in human subjects research to also complete these trainings.

Additional Resources

See the Get Help page for additional information and resources.