Grants and Research

Research Ethics and Compliance: IRB

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls is committed to protecting the rights and welfare of persons involved as subjects in research. In accord with federal regulations we have established an Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (IRB) and a set of policies and procedures to protect research subjects. The IRB and its policies and procedures are based on, and are consistent with, The Belmont Report: Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research, The National Commission for the Protection Of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research, April 18, 1979; and the Code of Federal Regulations, 45 CFR 46 (March 8, 1983) and the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects: Notices and Rules (June 18, 1991).

Research involving human subjects cannot be initiated by UWRF faculty, staff, or students before it is reviewed and approved in writing by the IRB.

Research protocols for any projects involving human subjects must be reviewed and approved by the IRB to assure that the rights and welfare of human subjects are protected and that appropriate methods of obtaining informed consent will be utilized. If it is unclear whether or not a project needs IRB approval, please contact any member of the IRB.

Filing an IRB protocol:

1. Review the UWRF manual, Policies and Procedures for Research Involving Human Subjects. Samples of the required informed consent form will be found here Researchers who are using the Internet as the vehicle for collecting data should review Psychological Research Online: Opportunities and Challenges, an APA publication.

2. Complete the IRB Human Subjects Research Review Protocol

3.  Fill out the IRB Human Subjects Course Certification Protocol if students will be performing research projects as part of a course.

4.  Locate your CITI human subjects training completion report and check the training renewal date.  You can download or print a copy of your completion report from the CITI website. If needed, refer to the "Human Subjects Research Training" section (below) for instructions on how to complete your initial training.

5.  Email the protocol and required documents as a single pdf to Make sure to include the signed cover page, informed consent form, CITI human subjects research training completion reports for all faculty, students, and staff involved in the research, and any surveys or instruments and/or letters of commitment from external research sites.

6.  If you have questions, call the Grants and Research office at (715) 425-3195 or email

Human Subjects Research Training:

UWRF requires that all faculty, staff, and students who are involved with research on human subjects are trained through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). CITI training completion reports for all researchers (faculty, student, and/or staff) must be included with submitted protocols.

Members of the Institutional Review Board:

* Todd Wilkinson, co-chair of IRB, Psychology

* Tammy Kincaid, co-chair of IRB, Social Work

* Diane Bennett, Director of Grants & Research (ex-officio, non-voting)

* Beth Shockey-Woll, community member

* Scott Woitaszewski, Counseling & School Psychology

* Jennifer Hafer, Economics


Contact Us

Grants and Research
Phone: 715-425-3195
101 North Hall