November 9, 2016:

The SSA and Chapin Hall IRB has adopted a Policies and Standard Operating Procedures Manual that outlines the policies, regulations and procedures governing research with human subjects (research participants). This manual is also a reference point for researchers and members of the research community seeking information about SSA and Chapin Hall IRB’s processes and policies.  It was last updated November 9, 2016 and is available online at here.

November 7, 2016: 

Any new protocol submission started in AURA-IRB will use the revised submission form.

“Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for Revisions to the Common Rule (45 CFR 46 = Protection of Human Subjects)”

September 29, 2015

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Announces Proposal to Improve Rules Protecting Human Research Subjects

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services along with fifteen other Federal Departments and Agencies have announced proposed revisions to the regulations for protection of human subjects in research.

On September 8, 2015, a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) was published in the Federal Register to revise the Common Rule.

The NPRM seeks comment on proposed changes. You may submit a comment until December 7, 2015, regarding the NPRM electronically, by mail, or by hand or courier.


IRB submission dates are now available through August 2016. There has been a change in submission deadlines. New protocols requiring full committee review must be submitted THREE (3) weeks in advance of the IRB meeting date. Amendments requiring full review must also be submitted THREE (3) weeks in advance of an IRB meeting date.

Amendments to full committee protocols are generally reviewed at the same level, full committee. New protocols and amendment applications must be complete to be guaranteed review at the meeting. Late submissions of new protocols and amendments will be accepted for the next meeting date.

Continuing reviews requiring full committee review must be submitted TWO (2) weeks in advance of the IRB meeting date. These include studies that were reviewed by the full committee at its previous IRB review and are open to subject enrollment or where subjects have not completed all research-related interventions.  If you are uncertain if submission deadline applies to your continuing review submission, please contact the IRB office at 773-834-0402 or .

NOTE:  There are no submission deadlines for protocols that are given expedited review.  These protocols are sent to the reviewers weekly.  For more information, please contact the IRB office.

Navigating the AURA-IRB Electronic System

Thursday, September 17, 2015 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Edelstone Center, Room 106, 6030 Ellis Avenue, Chicago, IL

Attend this hands on training session and learn how to navigate AURA IRB like a pro enabling you to submit your Initial Submissions, Amendments, Continuing Reviews, and Unanticipated problems with ease in record time! You will use the AURA IRB training environment to review all IRB Submission types and workflow. Gain know-how while navigating the system, locating approval letters, responding to IRB comments, and much more! Training resources and important contact information for assistance with AURA IRB will also be provided. Sign up today and be prepared for your next submission to the IRB!

Register through the Training @UChicago website or the University Research Administration by phone: 773.702.8669.

Note: If you have access to a laptop computer, please bring it to class as you can follow along as we walk through the AURA IRB System. 

Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact the University Research Administration for assistance.

May 2015

University Policy on Payments to Research Participants: 

The University's policy on payments to research participants is created by the Office of Financial Services. Please access the full policy here.

  • Payments to Human Subjects over $100 per occurrence must be paid directly to the individual via University check. Gift cards, gift certificates, or in-kind payments over $100 per occurrence are not permitted as remuneration for participation in a research study. Refer to the University Check section within the Paying Human Subjects procedures and guidelines.
  • Human Subject payments $100 and under per occurrence can be processed via University check or other methods including petty cash, gift cards, or in-kind payments. Refer to the Cash Payment section within the Paying Human Subjects procedures and guidelines.

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