Institutional Review Board (IRB) For Human Research Participants Protection

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Human Research Participants Protection is a federally mandated committee. Its purpose is to protect the rights and welfare of all persons recruited to participate in research activities associated with UWF.

UWF policy requires that all educational, training, or research activities involving human participants must be reviewed by the IRB prior to the recruitment of participants and initiation of data collection. This requirement applies to all research-related activities involving human participants at any UWF campus or conducted by any UWF faculty, staff and/or student.

In reviewing proposals, the UWF IRB is guided by the ethical principles outlined in the Belmont Report - respect for persons, beneficence, and justice. Only research that abides by these principles will be approved by the IRB.

To all investigators: It is a violation of regulations to initiate the research project prior to receiving IRB approval. Therefore, it is important that proposals be submitted to the IRB in a timely manner and with consideration of upcoming IRB meetings whenever the project involves completion deadlines (i.e. for publishing or thesis/dissertation submission). UWF asks that investigators please allow up to 4-6 weeks for IRB review.

IRB Regulations, Policies & Procedures
IRB Meeting Schedule
IRB Application & Reporting Process
Mandatory Training for Investigators
IRB Forms & Documents
IRB Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

IRB News

The UWF IRB is pleased to introduce the newest version of the electronic IRB application.

With this new system, researchers can:

  • complete initial IRB applications electronically,
  • save work in progress, and
  • monitor the status of currently approved protocols.

Read Electronic IRB Application Help Sheet (PDF) for instructions and tips for using this new system.

IRB Meeting News

There are no scheduled meetings of the IRB during the months of May, June, or July.

 Reviews of projects that are designated as "minimal risk" studies will continue to be reviewed during this time as usual.  

For questions about the review of project which place participants at "greater than minimal risk", please contact Christi Boddiford (850-857-6378). 

Want more information about the IRB process?  

To schedule an in-person presentation for your class or group, please call the Research Integrity Coordinator at 850-857-6378 or email

The University of West Florida maintains a Federalwide Assurance (FWA) for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research and is a registered IRB with the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP).

FWA Number: FWA00002657
IORG Number: IORG0001310