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An Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee established by an institution to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects recruited to participate in research activities. Federal and state regulations and University policy require all human subjects research conducted by Boise State University faculty, staff, and students to be approved by the IRB before the research can be conducted. The Office of Research Compliance provides administrative support.

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IRB Consultation

The IRB office encourages investigators to meet with us early in their research planning. We can answer specific questions regarding research projects and walk through various aspects of the application process.

Appointments can be scheduled by contacting Research Compliance at 208-426-5401 or

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InfoEd related changes to IRB Process

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is now using InfoEd for human subjects protocol submissions and review processing.  All new protocols must be developed and submitted within InfoEd.  We will no longer accept submissions sent via email.

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Please ensure you are connected to the VPN if trying to connect off campus. If you cannot log into InfoEd, please contact the IRB at  Please do not contact the OIT Helpdesk with InfoEd related issues as they will not be able to assist you and will refer you either to RASA or the ORC.  Note: If you are a student, a profile will most likely need to be created so you may access the system.  Please send us your full name, email address, and Boise State ID# so that we may create your profile.

For helpful job aids to guide you through various InfoEd processes, please see our InfoEd Forms and Guidance page.

The IRB has created templates for Informed Consent, Assent, Recruitment, and other frequently used documents. Templates can now be found on the Research and Economic Development Forms page. These have been designed for InfoEd to apply a stamp in the upper-right-hand corner of the page upon approval. Stamping of documents is mandatory, so please keep this in mind when creating your documents. If you need guidance with downloading any of our templates please refer to this job aid and note you do not need to request access to IRB templates.

Once your IRB application has been approved, please be sure to download your IRB stamped documents from the Approved Documents tab in your InfoEd record. You should also update your recruitment, informed consent and assent documents, if applicable, with the IRB approval number.

IRB Protocol Applications

IRB ApplicationsThe IRB now uses the InfoEd electronic application system. E-mailed forms will no longer be accepted for new protocol submissions. Please contact the IRB if a renewal or modification to an existing protocol is needed AND does not meet either of the situations described below.

IRB Protocol Modifications

IRB Protocol Modifications (when the protocol is not in InfoEd)If you have an existing protocol that you wish to modify AND the protocol was approved less than one year ago, it will need to be entered into the InfoEd system as an initial application that includes the changes you wish to make (personnel, procedures, etc.). Submit to the IRB for review. Upon approval, your expiration date will be extended to three years from the approval date in InfoEd.

IRB Protocol Renewals

IRB Protocol Renewals - (Expedited and Full Board Approvals Only - Not in InfoEd)If your existing protocol is up for it's first renewal, you will need to enter the protocol into the InfoEd system as an initial application and submit to the IRB for review. Upon approval, your expiration date will be extended to three years from the approval date in InfoEd. Please note: If your existing protocol was approved by the Full Board, it most likely will not require a meeting of the Full Board to approve this instance of entering the protocol into InfoEd, unless you are including major modifications which would initiate a Full Board review.

Research and Economic Development Forms page

Informed Consent, Assent, Recruitment, and other forms and templates are now available on the Research and Economic Development Forms page.

CITI Training Requirements

The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) is a web-based training program hosted by the University of Miami that offers training in human subjects research protections, animal care and use, biosafety, the responsible conduct of research, and export controls.

Boise State uses the CITI Program to deliver online training for its research compliance programs:

  • Animal Care and Use
  • Biosafety
  • Export Controls
  • Human Subjects Research
  • Responsible Conduct of Research

Learn more about CITI

Report Noncompliance

Boise State University is responsible for the integrity of the research conducted at the University. The University has policies and procedures for the inquiry and investigation of allegations of research misconduct and noncompliance with due care to protect the rights of those making the allegations, those accused, and the University. The University has explicit procedures for addressing incidences in which there are allegations of misconduct in research.

To report noncompliance or share questions or concerns regarding research allegations or research misconduct, contact:

Report Noncompliance