The IRBs offer a range of educational sessions and workshops. These optional training sessions provide a broad overview of the IRB in general or an in-depth exploration of a specific topic.

Upcoming Workshops & Presentations

  • ARROW Upgrade Outreach: ARROW will be undergoing an upgrade on August 10th. This upgrade includes changes to navigation of the application and reviewer notes. We will have dedicated virtual office hours (no registration required) and presentations (registration required) related to these updates. Please see dates and times below.
    • Presentations:
      • Monday, July 15th at 2:00 pm. Register for this date here.
      • Wednesday, August 14th at 10:00 am. Register for this date here.
    • Offices Hours:
      • Thursday, July 25th and Thursday, August 22nd, 12-1pm. You can log in to the Zoom session here.

Previous Workshops & Presentations

Select each tab to browse past presentations by topic.


Introduction to the IRB & Toolkit

  • Toolkit Orientation Session, April 12, 2021

    This presentation covered the Toolkit, one key change from the IRB Efficiency Project (IEP). The Toolkit is a comprehensive set of documents for use by IRB staff, board members, and study teams. In addition to a Toolkit overview, the presentation included an introduction to the Investigator Manual and new investigator resources.

  • IRB for Beginners, February 8, 2023

    IRB for Beginners combines important information for both biomedical and social behavioral/educational researchers. The targeted audience includes new researchers, student researchers, and those who have not submitted to the IRB recently.

Submission Guidance

  • Protocol-Based Application and Templates, March 10, 2021
    This presentation covered an overview of the IEP Project goals, ARROW re-design, protocol and consent templates, and new resources for the research community. If prompted, click the Sign In with SSO option and enter uwmadison as the domain.
  • Protocol Template Training Session, June 14, 2021
    This presentation covered how to choose the right protocol template for your research project when using the new Protocol Based Application.
  • Non-Protocol Based Application Information Session, December 14, 2021
    Topics discussed in this presentation included an IEP overview and an introduction to the new non-Protocol Based Application, including when to use this application type along with a demo.
  • Change of Protocol: IRB Submission and Review, January 23, 2024
    This course describes the IRB submission and review process for Changes of Protocol. Topics covered included: What constitutes a Change of Protocol? What is the difference between an expedited and full Change of Protocol? How should changes be presented in the ARROW application? What is the process once the change is submitted? The presenters also touched on special topics, such as changes to multi-site studies (reliance considerations) and when a change may need to be accompanied by a Reportable Event.

Reliance Guidance

Campus Research Education Opportunities

  • Professional Research Education Program (PREP) courses

    PREP is a series of in-person training opportunities developed to prepare UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students to conduct safe and compliant human subjects research. Training topics cover a wide range of areas and new topics are continually developed to keep meeting the needs of research staff. Use the above links to learn more about PREP or to view videos of previous presentations.