The IRB reviews all activities that meet the federal definition of human research or clinical investigation. See the Human Research determination worksheet for more information.

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Protocol-Based Application (PBA)

Use the PBA for:

  • Biomedical studies with multiple interventions
  • Biomedical studies of more than minimal risk​
  • Clinical trials ​
  • Studies investigating a drug or device
  • Registry and repository studies

View a Mock-up PBA Application

Non-Protocol Based Application (Regular IRB Application)

Use the non-PBA for:

  • Exempt research
  • Studies that qualify for expedited review
  • Statistical Data Analysis Center (SDAC) studies
  • Emergency Use/Expanded Access Requests
SIRB Application

Use the sIRB application for:

  • for studies with two or more sites for which UW will serve as the reviewing IRB
Ceded Application

Use the ceded application for:

  • requests to rely on an external IRB


We recommend reviewing the following documents from the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) Toolkit Library: