Human Subject Research

All research studies are submitted through our online submission program IRBNet. The IRBNet User Manual will help you with registration and submission procedures.


The Marshall University Office of Research Integrity (ORI) supports the institution in promoting ethical conduct of research and ensures the university’s solid commitment to compliance with all applicable regulations and accreditation standards.  Marshall has an established Federal Wide Assurance (FWA #00002704) with the Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP).

The office currently provides support for both a Medical (IRB#1) and a Behavioral and Social Sciences (IRB#2) Institutional Review Board, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), and  the Conflict of Interest in Research Committee.

ORI also supports the institution in promoting ethical conduct of research and educating Marshall students and employees regarding research misconduct regulations.

Copies of application forms, deadlines, information about policies and procedures, and Marshall University’s Statements of Assurance can be obtained on this website or by contacting ORI.

Applications for medical/biological research should be submitted to IRB #1. Applications for studies that have been approved under the National Cancer Institutes Central IRB should be submitted to the MU CIRB (under IRB#1).

Marshall University does not apply the International Conference on Harmonization/Good Clinical Practice (ICH-GCP) requirements to all human subject research. As such, it is the PI’s responsibility to request that the IRB apply ICH-GCP requirements to their individual study. GCP standards contained in the ICH document are not regulatory requirements in the United States and vary from FDA and DHHS regulations. Although the MU IRB#1 (Medical) and SOP do not voluntarily apply the ICH-GCP requirements to all human subject research, they are in accordance with ICH-GCP guidelines regarding Institutional Review Board/Independent Ethics Committee (IRB/IEC) criteria 3.1 through 3.4 of E-6 for all human subject research.

For clinical trials conducted in the United States, the MU IRB#1 is established, constituted and operated in agreement with the requirements of the Combined Federal Regulations 21 CFR 50 and 56.

Applications for social/behavioral research should be submitted to IRB #2.

Choose the IRB (IRB #1 or #2) that is appropriate to the nature of your study.

Please submit the application package and the protocol to the IRB for review using our online submission system IRBNet.