Human Subject Protection

The University of Memphis Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee designed to approve, monitor, and review any research involving humans. The aim of the IRB is to protect the rights and welfare of the research subjects.

This web site is designed to guide you through the process of obtaining approval for human subject research. The Education Requirements page links to where you can obtain certification to conduct research involving human subjects. Effective 6/30/12, certification is required for the investigator and, if applicable, the faculty advisor before the IRB will process your application. Please include the CITI certification number in your application.

Cayuse IRB

On August 1, 2016 Cayuse IRB will be ready for use. Researchers, please create new/initial protocols using Cayuse IRB starting August 1st.

For Information on training and using Cayuse IRB, click here.

From Thursday, August 25th – Wednesday, August 31st the IRB will not be accepting protocols for review so that Cayuse IRB software implementation can be finalized.

On September 1, 2016, it will be mandatory for all UofM researchers to use Cayuse IRB for all protocol submissions. 

See IRB Forms to download the most current applications, final/progress reports, template consent forms and other important documents.

See the FAQ for general questions. The Decision Guide can help you answer questions such as: Am I involved in research? Does the research involve Human Subjects?

If you need to report a study-related injury, or if you have questions, please contact the IRB Administrator at or 901-678-2705.

If you have any concerns regarding integrity and ethics in research and scholarship at UofMemphis, please do not hesitate to call 901-678-2705 or email The confidentiality of anyone who contacts the office will be protected under the Whistleblower Protection Act. Working together we will promote the highest standard of integrity and ethics in research and scholarship.

IRB Administrator
Office of Sponsored Programs
University of Memphis
315 Admin Bldg
Memphis, TN 38152-3370