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.




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

Key Information Samples

New Video: "Don't Destroy Data"

Balancing confidentiality with data reproducibility requires researchers and IRB members to protect both research data and the participants from which it came. 

This brief animated video introduces how secure data retention can contribute to the reproduction and validation of research findings.   [HTML Video, 3:11]

UK Fact Sheet – Final NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing 

The final NIH DMS Policy requires submission of Data Management and Sharing Plans and compliance with NIH Institute, Center, or Office-approved Plans. It also emphasizes the importance of good data management practices and establishes the expectation for maximizing the appropriate sharing of scientific data generated from NIH-funded or conducted research, with justified limitations or exceptions. Non-compliance may affect future NIH funding decisions. [PDF]

RCR In-Person Training/Discussion Sessions

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/discussion mandate in addition to the online RCR course and must be completed biennially. 


To register for a one (1) hour session, please visit the RCR News & Training Events page. [HTML] Sessions are posted as they become available. Please keep in mind the sessions have limited seating availability.

*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


The Vice President for Research (VPR) has purchased an iThenticate subscription for researchers including graduate students.  iThenticate (plagiarism-checking software) is now available for RCR-compliant researchers including graduate students.   

Request Access [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…