Human Research-IRB

Human Research/Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Due to a high volume of submissions, you may experience longer than average turn-around times for IRB review.  Please note that ORI is actively recruiting to fill staff vacancies and continuing to provide consultation opportunities to facilitate submissions of complete applications.  For questions, see the Contact Us webpage or join a scheduled Office Hours session.

RCR In-Person Training

RCR In-Person Training Sessions Now Being Offered

As stated in an email from the VPR, May 23, 2022, all research-eligible UK personnel and graduate students are required to adhere to the RCR in-person training mandate in addition to the online RCR course and must be completed biennially. (View the announcement here.)

The deadline to complete the initial RCR in-person training session is May 31, 2023.

ORI is offering the following one (1) hour sessions. Please keep in mind the sessions have limited seating availability. [Registration]

*Before attending the session, please ensure you have completed the RCR Basic online course.

If you would like to be an RCR Trainer for your area and/or other areas, visit our website for more information. [HTML]

iThenticate at UK


As announced in the September 23, 2022 UKNow Newsletter and the Vice President for Research (VPR) email to UK faculty, iThenticate (plagiarism checking software) is now available for RCR-compliant full-time UK faculty.   

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NEW Website: All Things Informed Consent


The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) has updated and redesigned the Informed Consent website to help users access resources to create and conduct informed consent that meets participant needs.  In addition, the site provides access to topic-specific consent information. Be sure to bookmark the new website for current templates, comprehensive resources, and news related to informed consent. [HTML]




Find tools, checklists, E-IRB video tutorials and FAQs to help navigate the IRB review process.

IRB Membership

IRB Members

Find IRB reviewer checklists, guidance, IRB Rosters, IRB meeting dates, etc. 

Research Participants


What to consider before you agree to participate in a research study and other resources.

Latest ORI Educational Tools


Real World Data

FDA has developed a framework for the agency’s use of Real World Data (RWD) to generate evidence used in making regulatory decisions to accelerate innovation, reduce time/cost, & improve efficiency of medical product development. This brief video outlines when and how FDA regulations apply to studies involving real world data. [HTML Video; 7:30 minutes]



Not sure what training to choose in CITI?

Our new interactive tool let's you choose your path to find the training that you need. [HTML Interactive Tool]



COVID Message from the Vice President for Research (VPR)
September 8, 2021 [HTML]


About ORI

 ORI supports the institution in promoting ethical conduct of human research and educating University of Kentucky (UK) faculty, staff, and students regarding human research compliance and research ethics.  

ORI provides research support services including IRB review, policy development, web-based IRB submission (E-IRB), HIPAA/FERPA research reviews, protocol review management, ethical and regulatory education, quality improvement review, reliance agreement management, and research misconduct prevention and allegation management. ORI provides support for six federally mandated review committees: four Medical and one Nonmedical Institutional Review Boards (IRB), and the Radioactive Drug Research Committee (RDRC).  

The UK Human Research Program is fully accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Program (AAHRPP). Read about the 2020 AAHRPP Re-accreditation here.

UK Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) Comprehensive Plan (PDF, 22 pgs)


Award of Excellence for Best Practice in Human Research Protection

In December 2018, the University of Kentucky Office of Research Integrity (ORI) won an Award of Excellence for Best Practice in Human Research Protection for the “Informed Consent Workshop: From Perception to Process.” The four-hour, hands-on workshop assists researchers in adopting new informed consent rules. Read more…