Office of Research, Engagement, and Sponsored Programs

Use of Human Subjects in Research

Human Research Protection Program

Effective July 1, 2006: All Institutional Review Board (IRB) applications must be submitted through the Office of Research, Engagement, and Sponsored Programs (RESP), and not directly to the IRB in West Lafayette. The IRB will not act on any application from IPFW faculty and/or staff without RESP endorsement. Applications should be sent to Heidi Sandquist in KT 252.

Human Research Protection Program, Process, Forms, etc. can be found at the Purdue University Institutional Review Board website.


Dr. Abraham Schwab, as IRB Liaison, is available to help human subjects researchers at IPFW as they prepare IRB applications for submission and respond to recommendations from Purdue. He holds office hours specifically for IRB questions the first Wednesday of each month from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm; he is also available to meet by appointment.

IPFW IRB Liaison
Dr. Abraham Schwab
Department of Philosophy
(260) 481-6971

Training and Certification

Navigating the IRB Review Process

The Navigating the IRB Review Process (formerly known as IRB Nuts & Bolts) is available on the Purdue University Human Research Protection Program website under Tutorials.

CITI Online Training Course

CITI (Collaborative IRB Training Initiative):  Required training in order to be certified as eligible to engage in human subjects research at Purdue University. All researchers on an IRB protocol must complete the CITI training before the IRB protocol will be approved. Initial and continuing education (every 5 years) in human subject protections are required.

You can find the Federal Regulations governing the conduct of human subjects research at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services website.