Research Integrity can assist you in determining where you should send your research proposal.  All protocols are submitted using IRBNet. You will also need to complete appropriate training via CITI Program.

If your research involves:

There are three kinds of IRB research proposals: exempt from full board review, expedited from full board review, and requiring full board review.  

The amount of potential risk to participants and the participant population determine the type of review.  The IRB at Ball State University determines which kind of review is necessary for your research proposal.  Since researchers are not able to determine which kind of review is necessary, we recommend researchers submit their protocols to the IRB, using IRBNet, at least one month before the research project will begin.  This gives adequate time for review.

Attention First-Time Submitters: The Office of Research Integrity has a Peer Mentor Program, which gives researchers one-on-one assistance in preparing and submitting their proposals. Please consider contacting our Graduate Assistants if you have any questions about the protocol preparation and submission process. Guidance from the Peer Mentors can significantly speed up your approval process!

If you have questions, please contact the Office of Research integrity at 765-285-5052 or