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Initial Study Submission

All human research study applications are submitted and stored online in our electronic IRB system (eCompliance). Please review our 2020 IRB Meeting Dates and remember, there are no submission deadlines for new proposals.

Next, follow the steps on this page and select the appropriate documents in each step.

Step 1: Review a complete list of documents to prepare (07/2020) matched with the correct screen in eCompliance for each document you plan to upload for your study.

This list includes preparing and uploading the required Study Protocol.  If you already have a protocol from a sponsor or external collaborator, upload this document for IRB review. If you are seeking a format for a protocol written by a KUMC investigator, the KUMC Protocol Templates are ready for your use:

For secondary analysis projects the forms above are considered a study's project description and protocol.

Step 2: Complete the Corresponding Project Description or Request for Determinations of Other Projects

Each new proposal will be accompanied by an applicable Project Description. The Project Description provides the IRB with additional information, necessary for local review that is not captured in the electronic system. 3/11/2015

Step 3: Request Scientific Merit, when required

  • Scientific Merit Form 3/2018- Use this form when scientific review is being provided by an individual or committee within the department. Note that a Scientific Review form is not required for exempt, retrospective, or reliance studies. [As of February 2018, scientific review is not required for industry-sponsored, multi-center pharmaceutical trials.]

Step 4: Complete Supplemental Initial Submission Forms as Needed

Step 5: Log into

Please refer to the following guides as needed:

Step 6: Submit the Study or Notify the PI to submit

Step 7: Respond to Provisos / Modifications Required for Approval

Last modified: Jul 09, 2020