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Education and Social/Behavioral Science Institutional Review Board (ED/SBS IRB) Newsletter, IRB Insider / Volume 7, Issue 5, July 2019

Improving Funding Review Processes: Congruency Update

Effective August 3rd, the IRB offices on campus will no longer be reviewing grants for congruency with the IRB application. Recent revisions to the Common Rule no longer require IRBs to review grants for congruency and OVCRGE leadership is leveraging this change to begin streamlining the IRBs’ funding review process. Instead of the IRB assessing congruency, new tools in WISPR and ARROW will allow principal investigators (PIs) to confirm congruency with minimal effort on their part. Please see Improving Funding Review Processes: Congruency Update for details about this streamlined approach to funding reviews.

New Single IRB (sIRB) Resources

To help researchers in the transition to the revised Common Rule’s single IRB (sIRB) review mandate coming into effect January 2020, some new resources for study teams have been posted:

UW-Madison Single IRB Review Matrix: These documents provide detailed information about which sIRB options can be used by UW-Madison researchers for their studies, based on factors such as funding source and UW-Madison’s role in the study (i.e., lead vs. participating site). NOTE: Although NIH policy allows it, UW-Madison will NOT charge fees when serving as the reviewing IRB.

Implementing the New Common Rule's Single IRB (sIRB) Mandate: Starting July 1, we began identifying initial review applications in progress that may be affected by the revised Common Rule’s sIRB mandate. If an application may fall under the mandate, the study team will be contacted to discuss options for complying with the mandate in the most efficient way possible. The goal of this outreach effort is both to education the research community about the mandate and ensure researchers have sIRB plans in place well in advance of the mandate.

Workshops and Outreach Sessions

The ED/SBS IRB office offers workshops throughout the year that are open to all faculty, staff and students.  The following workshops are planned for the Fall 2019 semester:
For more information about these workshops and to register, check in on the IRB Workshops & Outreach page of our website. All workshops are held in B137 of Lathrop Hall.

Our office can also plan an outreach session tailored to your needs!  An IRB staff member would be happy to come to a department meeting, research methods class, or hold a brown bag session to help faculty, students, and other researchers learn more about the process.  We can also address specific topics such as international research, research on campus, qualitative research, research with minors, research involving social media or other new technologies, and more.  To schedule an outreach event, please contact a member of the IRB Staff.  

We also encourage you to consider attending seminars offered through our campus partner, the Professional Research Education Program (PREP).  While the following sessions may be tailored more towards biomedical research, they may be of interest to education and social/behavioral researchers:
For a full list of PREP courses and to register, please go here and find PREP in the catalog list.

Have questions?  The ED/SBS IRB Staff are here to help!

Whether you have questions about a specific protocol, have general questions, or need help getting started, there are many ways to contact the ED/SBS IRB office.
  • For questions regarding a specific protocol, contact the assigned Staff Reviewer.  Instructions for identifying the Staff Reviewer are located here.
  • Drop-in hours are every Wednesday from 2:00-3:00 p.m. and Thursday from 10:00-11:00 a.m.  The IRB staff are located on the 3rd floor of Lathrop Hall (take the west elevator or stairs).
  • IRB staff have 12-month appointments and are available for meetings/consults year-round.  Individual appointments can be scheduled throughout the week.  Contact an IRB staff member to schedule an appointment.  Contact information is available here.
  • For questions about ARROW, email
  • To schedule an Outreach Session for your class, department, or group to learn more about the IRB, visit the IRB Workshops & Outreach page of our website.
  • The ED/SBS IRB Office KnowledgeBase is a great resource for researchers and includes FAQs, guidance documents, information for new researchers, and much more!