Office of Research Compliance

Institutional Review Board



Montana State University Billings requires all projects that involve human subjects undergo review by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) including student, staff, and faculty projects without exception. Students conducting human subjects research must have a faculty sponsor to supervise the project.  If you are unsure if your project requires IRB review, please contact the Office of Research Compliance.


Submission Process


If you are conducting human subjects research, you must submit an application to the IRB.  All applicants are required to take the CITI human subjects research training.  Links to both, along with the federal Code of Regulations, can be found here:

 Applications should be sent to the Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs through one of two ways:

  • Electronic application
    • Faculty members can submit IRB applications with electronic signatures.
    • Students can submit electronic applications as long as it contains a scanned copy of the physical signatures page (no electronic signatures will be accepted from student applicants).  Student applications are not accepted without the signed approval of faculty mentors.
    • Please email applications to
  • Physical application
    • Physical applications can be brought to McMullen room 205.
    • Physical signatures are required of all student applicants.  Student applications are not accepted without the signed approval of faculty mentors.

Before submitting, please take a quick look through our submission checklist.  Incomplete or incorrect applications can greatly slow down the review process.


Important Links


Does my project need IRB approval?


»» IRB Application

»» Informed Consent

»» IRB Examples


IRB Committee


Forms & Resources


Next submission deadline for protocols requiring full review: October 26, 2018
Next IRB meeting: November 5, 2018