New "IRBNet" To Support Submission, Oversight, and Management of Research Protocols

Jan. 14, 2015

The Division of Research and Economic Development is pleased to announce the introduction of “IRBNet,” a robust and intuitive suite of electronic tools supporting the management, online submission, review, and oversight of research protocols for the IRBs, IBC, and IACUC.

Some of IRBNet’s many features include electronic document management, web-based protocol sharing and collaboration, automatic notifications, integrated training and credential management, and important audit capabilities, including electronic revision histories, electronic signatures, and event tracking.

IRBNet will become the campus’ sole submission system for all research protocols, replacing CyberIRB and email submissions. The Office of Research Integrity has developed a transition plan for the campus, including a variety of training opportunities, and will be available to answer questions during this transition period.

“Our goal is to make the transition to this new system as seamless as possible,” said Tom Piechota, Vice President of Research and Economic Development.  “We believe the campus will find it both extremely sophisticated and very user-friendly, and we will provide extensive guidance on its use to help the campus adopt it smoothly.”

IRBNet was carefully chosen in consultation with the chairs, co-chairs, and members of the IRBs, IBC, and IACUC. IRBNet was selected not only for its impressive capabilities, but also because it is secure, web-based, and extremely easy to use.  Researchers will be able to access IRBNet from virtually any computer using a web browser.

The IRB, IBC, and IACUC will begin accepting electronic protocol submissions via IRBNet on Feb. 19, 2015. As of March 2, 2015, all protocols (including modifications, continuing reviews, amendments, and renewals) must be submitted electronically via IRBNet, and all review decision letters will be issued electronically via IRBNet. All users will need to self-register by going to the IRBNet website at www.irbnet.org and following the instructions for new user registration.  Registration will begin on Feb. 19, 2015.

Two information sessions regarding the transition to IRBNet are currently scheduled. These sessions will be held at the Student Union on Jan. 23, 10-11 a.m. (SU 205) and on Jan. 29, 3-4 p.m. (SU Green Room). Please join us to learn more about IRBNet, the transition process, and what you can do to prepare for using it.

Group and one-on-one training opportunities will be scheduled for March to provide additional guidance about registering and submitting protocols through IRBNet.

For additional information regarding IRB submissions, please contact Christa Esparza at (702) 895-4225. For information about IBC and IACUC submissions, please contact Kevin Bergeron at (702) 895-5453. These individuals will assist you with any questions you may have as we move forward with this important initiative.