Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Getting Started

IRB Application Checklist

Before you get started on your IRB application, review this checklist! Using this checklist will ensure that you have created all of the required supplemental documents. Incomplete IRB submissions will be immediately returned.


The IRB provides two different applications. Most researchers will use the "general IRB application." If you are in the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min) program, use the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min) application. These applications are provided below:

IRB Application

General IRB Application - Use this application to describe your research project to the IRB.

Instructions are provided to give you additional guidance:

Doctor of Ministry IRB Application

Doctor of Ministry Student (D. Min) IRB Application - If you are in the Doctor of Ministry (D. Min) program, use this modified application form when you apply for approval.

Instructions are provided to give you additional guidance:

Supporting Document Templates

The IRB provides numerous templates to ensure that your supplemental documents include the required information. Templates can be found on our applications and templates page. The most commonly used templates are provided below:

Signature Page

The IRB needs to know that you are aware of and agree to the federal regulations as well as Liberty's expectations of researchers. You and your faculty chair (if applicable) will need to submit a signed signature page with your application.

Electronic signature pages can be requested. Just let us know that you need one when you submit your application!

Research Compliance

Human subjects research is regulated by the federal government through the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Human Research Protections. The IRB committee consists of faculty members from various Liberty departments and one non-university member.

The IRB is required to review all research involving human participants to ensure the privacy, confidentiality, and safety of participants. The IRB is part of Liberty University's Research Ethics Office, which is responsible for ensuring that all research conducted by Liberty University faculty, staff, and students are done in accordance with federal regulations and university policy.

Regulatory Information

Human subjects research is governed by numerous guidelines, regulations, and policies. For more information, please refer to the below resources:

Research Opportunities

Liberty University fosters an environment focused on academic achievement and excellence in research. Explore the below opportunities:

IRB Processes

The IRB strives to review applications adequately and in a timely manner while providing positive feedback for researchers. Certain processes have been put in place to help us meet this goal:

IRB Policies

To ensure that researchers remain compliant with federal regulations, the IRB has developed the below policies:


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