Important update to protocols for research with human participants

By Paula Garcia McAllister
Director, Institutional Review Board

two chairsAs of September 25, faculty, students, and staff conducting research involving human participants now have a new online system to submit research protocols for Institutional Review Board (IRB) review. All new protocols must be submitted electronically via IRBNet; the current online system, NAIRBe, has been phased out.

As the NAU research community knows, all research involving human participants must be reviewed by the IRB for compliance with federal and state guidelines. For the past five years, NAU researchers have used an electronic system that was developed on campus. Although this first system has served us well, it has also had limitations. In order to provide the NAU research community with robust electronic tools that support the management, submission, review, and oversight of research protocols, the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) and the IRB have selected IRBNet to replace the current system.
Some of IRBNet's many features include:

  • electronic document management,
  • improved web-based protocol sharing and collaboration,
  • automatic notifications,
  • electronic submissions and reviews,
  • integrated training and credential management,
  • email communication among research team members and faculty sponsors, and
  • important audit capabilities, including revision histories, electronic signatures, and event tracking.

IRBNet  was chosen not only for the important capabilities that it provides, but also because IRBNet is secure, web-based, and intuitive and easy to use. 

IRBNet can be accessed at from virtually any computer by using a web browser. As of September 25, IRBNet users can self-register as part of the Northern Arizona University community and immediately begin using these exciting new tools.  Please contact the IRB office ( or;  928-523-4236) for a copy of one of the IRBNet Training Energizers and information about other training and assistance to help you get started.

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