Notre Dame Research Compliance launches Revamped IRB Process for Human Subjects Research

Author: Brandi Klingerman

The system will be rolled out in two phases, starting February 20, 2017

Starting this year, faculty, staff, and students engaging in research involving human subjects will be able to use a more effective Institutional Review Board (IRB) process. The improved eProtocol system will allow researchers to fill out an enhanced form that has been improved in order to make the IRB approval process more efficient for faculty, staff, and students.

1Eric Felde, Director of Research Compliance

When asked about the new eProtocol form, Eric Felde, Director of Research Compliance for Notre Dame Research, said, “In the past, the IRB review process could be delayed because the form researchers were required to fill out asked questions that were too vague and therefore the answers sometimes provided insufficient information for the IRB to make a decision, resulting in a delayed eProtocol approval. Our new form is intended to help address this issue so faculty and students can move efficiently through the IRB approval process and continue with their important work.”

The launch of the new process will be rolled out in two phases: 

  1. On February 20, the new form will be available for use for all researchers submitting a protocol for the first time. 
  2. Anytime after June 1, researchers with protocol submissions that were approved before February 20 will begin to utilize the new form when renewals are due.

Researchers are welcome to begin transferring their current projects over to the new form prior to the renewal date. However, this will impact the future expiration date of IRB protocols based on the submission date and approval on the new form. 

To find more information about the new IRB process, please contact


Eric Felde / Director of Research Compliance

Notre Dame Research Compliance / University of Notre Dame / 574.631.1461 / @UNDResearch

About Notre Dame Research:

The University of Notre Dame is a private research and teaching university inspired by its Catholic mission. Located in South Bend, Indiana, its researchers are advancing human understanding through research, scholarship, education, and creative endeavor in order to be a repository for knowledge and a powerful means for doing good in the world. For more information, please see or @UNDResearch.