Quick Navigation

Human Subjects Research

Reporting Concerns

Northern Illinois University has a Federal Wide Assurance (FWA) with the Office for Human Research Protection (OHRP). Our FWA# is FWA00004025. The OHRP has assigned NIU the IORG #0000317

Human Subject image

Human Subjects Research

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews research proposals that involve human participants to provide oversight in protecting the rights, welfare, and wellbeing of subjects in research. 

Frequently Asked Questions >


Does my project need IRB review?

Applications for new studies

Continuing review / Termination

Changes to an approved study

Adverse events / Unanticipated problems


IRB applications should be submitted to the Office of Research Compliance and Integrity (ORCI) a minimum of 20 business days prior to the date when the research will begin. Please note that additional lead time is required for departmental review of applications prior to sending it to ORCI. Although it is often possible to receive IRB approval in less than 20 business days, approval times vary depending on the completeness of the application, the level of review required, and the volume of protocols under review.