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Institutional Review Board

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.


Submit an IRB Application using Cayuse IRB

IRB applications must be submitted to the IRB using Cayuse. Submissions will not be accepted via email. You can access Cayuse IRB with your Liberty University username and password. Please only log in to Cayuse when you are sure you are ready to apply for IRB approval. After you have received IRB approval, any modifications, incident reports, or renewal applications must be submitted using Cayuse.

Having trouble with Cayuse? Review our Cayuse How-Tos and Cayuse FAQs for additional guidance!

  • If you are unable to log in to Cayuse, please review the login instructions.
  • If you are still unable to access Cayuse IRB, please email irb@liberty.edu with your name, email address, and department name.
  • We will add you to Cayuse and your profile should be active the following day.

Supporting Document Templates

Cayuse IRB will require you to attach various supporting documents to your application. We offer templates for most of these documents* below and encourage you to make use of them:

*Please note, the IRB does not provide templates for study instruments (e.g., survey questions, interview prompts, or session outlines). Study instruments must be created by the researcher and attached to the IRB application in Cayuse.


Additional Information

IRB Info
Regulatory Info
Research Opportunities
IRB Processes & Guidance
IRB Policies

Human subjects research is governed by numerous guidelines, regulations, and policies:

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

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:

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

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.