University of Hawai‘i
Research Compliance

Submitting a New Protocol

Effective July 1, 2016, all new research protocol applications (excludes Cooperative studies) must be submitted through the eProtocol system.

Step 1
Determine Whether or Not Your Project is Human Subjects Research

To help you determine whether your project is considered human subjects research, download Worksheet 301- Is My Project “Human Subjects Research?”.

Step 2
Choose your Application Form

To help you determine whether your research qualifies for EXEMPT, EXPEDITED, or FULL-BOARD review, use the Review Category Flowchart.

Below are links to the various application forms you will need:

  • For exempt, non-exempt, expedited, and full-board research, use the eProtocol system to submit your application: Access the eProtocol system
  • For Cooperative IRB, use the UH Cooperative IRB New Research Project Application

    Note: This form is for applications to the Cooperative IRB only.

    The Cooperative IRB reviews federally funded research involving UH and one or more participating hospital/institutions (Queens Medical Centers, Hawaii Pacific Health facilities, Castle Medical Center). If your research does not involve those institutions (or is not federally funded), do not use this form. To confirm that your research  qualifies for the Cooperative IRB, contact the Human Studies Program.

Step 3
Complete the application form according to the instructions provided within the form

  • Include all applicable study documents (i.e., consent form documentation, recruitment material, surveys and instruments, etc.)
  • Make sure to complete your required Human Subjects Research Training.

Step 4
Submit completed application to the Human Studies Program

Exempt and expedited applications are reviewed in the order that they are received. See the Full-board submission deadlines.