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Institutional Review Board Submission Process

Welcome to our A to Z guide to the IRB process. If you’ve made it through the considerations on our getting started page and determined that you need IRB approval for your research, this section will take you through next steps.

In general, the IRB process includes:

  • You creating and submitting your IRB application for IRB review
  • The IRB asking you to make any necessary revisions to obtain IRB approval
  • You getting notice of your IRB approval – now you can start!
  • You conducting the research exactly as approved by the IRB
  • You submitting necessary forms during the conduct of the study, such as:
    • An amendment to change study staffing, design, materials, etc. prior to implementing changes
    • A continuing review before your study approval period expiration date
    • Other reportable events to the IRB when required
    • A final report to close your when it is complete

This section has the forms, guidance, and information you need for the various phases of the IRB process. Select from the options below.

Study Design Considerations

Need help designing your study or developing a SLU IRB application? The “Sample Protocols” link will take you to a portal of already approved SLU IRB Applications organized by type of research. For clinical researchers, we’ve provided links to helpful NIH protocol design tools and templates. 

Using an External/Central IRB

Need help preparing and submitting an IRB application to an approved external/central IRB? Using an external or central IRB for IRB review still requires an abbreviated submission to the SLU IRB Office for local administrative review and pre-authorization. This section includes forms and helpful tools to guide you through this process. This section contains information on IRB expectations for conducting IRB-approved research and the forms and guidance you may need along the way.

Forms and Guidelines

Know what you’re looking for? Use our forms and guidelines compilations to get what you need. The IRB can be reached at or 977-7744 if you need help.