Human Subjects Research–IRB

Human Subjects Research–IRB

Institutional Review Board-IRB

The UTSA Institutional Review Board (IRB) is the university committee that reviews and approves human subject research for the purpose of protecting the rights and welfare of those subjects. The Board is charged with the responsibility to formulate and implement procedures to assure UTSA’s compliance with federal, state and institutional regulations for the safeguarding of the welfare and well-being (physical, mental, social, legal, etc.) of human subjects involved in research projects in which UTSA is engaged or for which UTSA otherwise exercises oversight.

The UTSA IRB operates under Federalwide Assurance number (FWA), 00003861, with the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) under the Department of Health and Human Services. The IRB advises and educates researchers, staff and students on research with human subjects and promotes best practices for the ethical conduct of research with these individuals.

Online Human Subjects Protocol Management System

All active IRB studies (submitted prior to 9/15/2020): use existing forms located on the IRB Website.

Beginning 10/1/2020: All new submissions must be submitted using Cayuse IRB. All previous submissions will continue to be managed using the old forms outside of the electronic system.

IMPORTANT: If this is your first time using this system please email to setup a user profile. We will need the following in order to complete a new user account:

  • Name
  • UTSA ID (abc123)
  • UTSA email address
  • Department
  • College

For more information about the electronic system, sign up for the Cayuse Support Center and visit the “Human Ethics” section.

The IRB Office offers a monthly training course on how to submit a study through Cayuse. Register for the course here.

Students, Please contact us at if you are unable to sign up for the course via the training website.

Important Dates & Deadlines (PDF)


Electronic Protocol Submissions. Submit your new protocols through Cayuse IRB All previously approved submissions will be maintained using existing forms located below. If you have questions, contact Tammy Lopez or Shannon Marquess at

Coming soon:The IRB office will implement a Post Approval Monitoring (PAM) program in which we randomly select 1-2 approved studies a month for not-for-cause audits.  The PAM program will ensure UTSA researchers and the IRB are in compliance with federal guidelines for human participant safety procedures.  This program is not meant to be punitive but will help ensure participant safety is monitored appropriately and required documentation is on file.  Please contact us if you have any questions about this program.

Announcement of IRB Thursday Schedule
The IRB Office has designated Thursday afternoons, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., as a “set aside” period of time where no phone calls will be received, emails will not be addressed, no help labs will be scheduled, nor appointments made. Thank you for your consideration in helping us to more quickly process your requests.

Is your study a clinical trial?
The NIH has a broad definition of clinical trial that applies to NIH-funded studies. Please review the guidance linked here to determine whether your study is considered a clinical trial.

NIH Clinical Trial Definition

If you are interacting with your participants, include one of the following:

  • Consent Not Requiring Signature (Form 501). Use if you will not collect signatures.
  • Consent – SocBeh (Form 500). Use if you will collect signatures.
Note for personnel updates:

If you need only to add new research personnel, email your “Research Personnel Form (HRP-201)” revised with track changes to In the subject line of your email state “personnel update” and include your IRB#. No other forms are required.

Be Aware: For document version control and to improve review times, all MS-Word documents coming from the IRB have “Track Changes” on. If you make changes or revisions, you must use these documents.

Required Forms for On-going Research

Continuing Review Application (HRP-202 CR) (DOCX)
[for greater than minimal risk studies or as requested by IRB]

Closure Request (HRP-202 CL) (DOCX)
Modification Application (HRP-203) (DOCX)
Promptly Reportable Information (HRP-204) (DOCX)

Human Subjects Protections Training Requirement for All Investigators

All Researchers are required to complete the following trainings PRIOR to submission of new studies.

  • Human Research Ethics Training: All UTSA Faculty, staff, employees, or/and students engaged in human research (this includes people or their private, identifiable information) are required to complete either the CITI Social/Behavioral Research Course or the Biomedical Research Course prior to submitting a new study OR being added as research staff. A refresher course is required every 3 years. Information about the training requirement can be obtained at Introduction to the CITI Course.
  • Please note: The course called “Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)” does NOT fulfill the UTSA Human Subjects Research Ethics Education requirement. This is an optional module.
  • Click here for Online Training Access

All UTSA employees and students have a MyUTSA ID (abc123) and should use Single Sign-On (SSO) to ensure that the course record is linked to your UTSA Training Log. Log in via SSO

If you have used CITI prior to UTSA having SSO, please proceed to login to CITI and select UTSA for SSO login instructions. Please check your CITI account profile and verify that the UTSA network account ID is your MyUTSA ID.

We offer a monthly Intro to Cayuse class to teach users how to submit an IRB application. If you are faculty or staff, you can find the course under My Training. If you are a student, please contact for course dates and times.

  • For individual investigators (individuals who are not affiliated with an institution), we accept the OHRP Human Research Protection Foundational Training. Once the individual has completed the training, you can add their training certificates to the Miscellaneous Attachments page in Cayuse. OHRP Training
  • Conflict of Interest, Conflict of Commitment, and Outside Activities: All UTSA Faculty, staff, employees, or/and students engaged in research are required to disclose and report. Disclosures must be updated annually between January 1st and March 1st. The Office of Institutional Compliance and Risk Services has created a web page with additional resources including training materials and the Policy. For more information please visit the Conflict of Interest in Research & Intellectual Property Website.
    For questions regarding the policy and the disclosure/approval process, you may contact the Office of Institutional Compliance & Risk Services by email at or by phone at (210) 458-2667.



The following links provide information concerning the ethical principles, codes and federal regulations that govern the protection of human subjects in research. Please notify the Office of the IRB at of any links that are not functioning.


What is the Institutional Review Board (IRB)?  

The UTSA IRB is the standing committee that reviews and approves human subjects research for the purpose of protecting the rights and welfare of participants. The IRB operates under the oversight of the Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) under the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Who should submit research to the IRB?  
What is meant by “research”?  
What is meant by “human subject”?  
How do I apply for IRB approval?  
When should I submit my study to the IRB for approval?  
What is minimal risk?  
Is there a time period for IRB approval of a research study?  
How do I obtain approval for a change to my research?  
I want to submit a study with researchers from other institutions. How do I add them to my study?  
I’m a student/faculty member at another university. How do I get IRB approval to conduct research at UTSA?  

Contact Staff

Shannon Marquess
Senior Research Compliance Coordinator
P: (210) 458-4793
Tammy Jinks (Lopez)
Senior Research Compliance Coordinator
P: (210) 458-4667