Overview - getting started

1. Obtain an iRIS user account
2. Submit an IRB Application through the iRIS submission system https://iris.research.ucf.edu/
3. Complete CITI Training - A requirement for all key study personnel

iRIS User Account Request

iRIS is the online submission and approval system for UCF researchers to submit IRB applications.  To find your username and password or  request access to iRIS, visit Obtain iRIS Username & Password

All investigators must route IRB submissions to their department chair for review/approval.  Additionally, all student researchers must route submissions to the appropriate faculty advisor for review/approval. 

Submit an Application in iRIS

Log into iRIS at https://iris.research.ucf.edu/ From the homepage, under the Study Assistant tab, select “Add New Study.”  This represents the first page of the Application. Select Save/Continue to work through the Application.  After completing the Application, there are prompts to upload supporting documents.  All investigators must prepare and upload a written protocol.  Please utilize the Human Research Protocol Template and Instructions found on the UCF IRB  website at http://www.research.ucf.edu/Compliance/IRB/Investigators/forms.html.   Also found at this IRB website link are consent form templates.

Supporting documents also include consent form(s), surveys, questionnaires, data collection sheets, letters of support from other IRB's, institutions, etc. 

PI’s must then "sign off" / submit the application by applying their iRIS username/password.  At that point the PI will be prompted to route the submission to their Faculty Advisor, if appropriate.  All submissions must be routed to a director or department chair for approval.

CITI Training – UCF IRB Requirement

To ensure the protection of human participants and meet federal regulation guidelines, all research investigators (faculty, staff, and students or key study personnel) must complete, and show verification that they have received appropriate training in such protections.  Besides the Principal Investigator, key study personnel include those individuals who have contact with subjects or subjects' private, identifiable information for research purposes.  UCF IRB has access to CITI completion records for those affiliated with UCF.  We update user training in iRIS as documentation becomes available.

For more information, please see the UCF Investigator Educational Requirements on the IRB website at  http://www.research.ucf.edu/Compliance/IRB/Investigators/training.html.    CITI is a free, online training course completed as your time allows.  The modules that most UCF researchers need are the GROUP 2 Social and Behavioral modules; additional modules deal with GROUP 1 Biomedical research. Click here for directions on how to access a CITI account.

An IRB application can be submitted in iRIS prior to completing the CITI training, but final IRB approval cannot be granted until all key study personnel have successfully complete the required training.