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Institutional Review Board (IRB)

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All faculty or student research involving human subjects – whether funded or unfunded – must be reviewed and approved by D'Youville's Institutional Review Board before being carried out.

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) committee uses federal guidelines to protect the safety, rights, and welfare of research subjects.

How to Apply for IRB Review

  1. Read the entire D'Youville IRB Manual (PDF).
    The guidelines may be periodically updated on the website, should policies and procedures change. The website guidelines, therefore, will remain more current than the ones presented here, as the IRB Manual is more typically updated annually.
  2. Complete the mandatory online National Institutes of Health (NIH) tutorial, which takes about four hours, or equivalent CITI training (see instructions under Register/Login for Training). When you're done, make sure to print out copies of the online certificate of completion. Please note, the certification is valid for three years from the date of completion. If your research is not completed within that time, you will need to complete the tutorial again.
  3. After you've reviewed the IRB Manual, you should understand which type of research you're proposing: exempt, expedited or standard. You'll need to submit the following completed forms and documentation electronically to the IRB committee as a packet (scan and email the packet to Erin Bellavia at
  4. Data Use Agreement (PDF). A data use agreement (DUA) allows a researcher to share information (namely a “limited data set”) with a colleague or another person or entity not associated with the study or the researcher’s institution. The data being shared is limited to the data elements essential to the research. Furthermore, an Institutional Review Board (IRB) must be notified if a researcher or institution plans to share a limited data set with a recipient (person or entity) not named in the original IRB application. A DUA is not required if the recipient is part of the trial and is included in the IRB Authorization or waiver of Authorization approval for the trial.


IRB applications may be submitted at any time. Allow at least two months for the IRB Review process.

The standard review committee meets once a month. Please refer to the meeting schedule and application due dates. Applications must be received by the specified due date in order to be considered for that month's meeting.

IRB Meeting Schedule 2019-2020

All meetings are on Wednesdays at 11 AM in the Library conference room.

Meeting Date
September 25
October 23
November 20
December 18
January 22
February 19
March 25
April 22
May 13

FCOI Policies

Register/Login for training

NIH-Equivalent CITI training 

  1. Go to
  2.  On the upper right-hand side, click register. Once you register, log in. If you already have a login, click log in on the upper right-hand side instead 
  3. Once you log in, click on the add a course button. Then you will be able to scroll and view all the courses available to you.
  4. Scroll to question 1, and select one of the first three courses (Biomedical Research Investigators, Social & Behavioral Research Investigators, or Research with Data or Laboratory Specimens Only). Each of those courses is NIH equivalent.
    (You may see additional courses you want to take after completing the required one.)
  5. Take the NIH equivalent course. All certificates are good for 3 years.

Looking for a different option? Try the National Institutes of Health (NIH) tutorial.

The IRB accepts either CITI or NIH online training. If opting for CITI training, a researcher can choose from one of the following three courses (including all the modules under each course):

  • Biomedical Data or Specimens Only Research
  • Biomedical Research
  • Social & Behavioral Research

You will receive a certificate upon completion of the course. Similar to the NIH certificate, the CITI certificate is good for three years. Other courses are available for research purposes under our institutional subscription to CITI. 

Effective January 1, 2019, all applications must be written in the future tense. Exceptions include previous pilot work, CITI/NIH training, or creation of instruments (past tense), or instances when present tense makes sense (e.g. "I am a Professor of Nursing..."). Any recruitment, research to be conducted, etc. should be in the future tense.

Contact Us

Dr. Julia Hall
Director, IRB
Campus location: SASE 32
Phone: (716) 829-7840

Erin Bellavia
Administrative Assistant
Campus location: SASE 115 
Phone: (716) 829-8130