Institutional Review Board (Human Subjects)

Activities that Require IRB Review

All human subjects research, and all other activities, which in part involve human subject research, regardless of sponsorship, must be reviewed and approved by the UC Merced IRB, or registered exempt by the Office of Research IRB Administration prior to initiation. This includes all interventions and interactions with human subjects for research, including advertising, recruitment and/or screening of potential subjects. Additionally, use of state death data records must be reviewed and approved by the UC Merced IRB prior to initiation.

UC Merced operates under the Federalwide Assurance FWA00005105

Associate Professor - School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Arts, Linda-Anne Rebhun is Chair of the IRB (209) 228-4613
Please contact Leslie Teixeira, Research Compliance Manager, at (209) 228-4613 or

Please also contact the Survey Coordinating Committee if planning to survey UC Merced students, faculty, staff or alumni.

Levels of Review: Exempt, Expedited and Full Board

Human Subjects Training:  Please make sure to take either the Biomedical Research or Social/Behavioral Research Course to satisfy this requirement. The CITI Responsible Conduct of  Research (RCR) course will not replace specific human subjects training.

IRB Application Checklist

Informed Consent Elements

IRB Application Forms
Exemption Application
Application for Expedited Review
Application for Full Board Review
Renewal Application/Final Report
Project Revision/Amendment
Project Personnel Amendment (Use this form ONLY when adding personnel to your protocol.)

**Please submit your protocols, amendments and renewals through the RC Drop Box**

Human Subjects Research Activities Performed at or with Other Institutions or Organizations

UC IRB Reliance Registry - Relying on the Review by another UC

Research with Vulnerable Populations

Ethical Guidelines, Federal Regulations and State Statutes