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Institutional Review Board

New Applications (PHIRST)

All new applications must be submitted through the electronic application system, PHIRST.  If you need assistance with PHIRST, contact the PHIRST helpdesk (; 410-502-5780) weekdays between 9 am and 4 pm.  Each person who will be listed as a PI, co-investigator, or student investigator on the study must register in PHIRST and upload a copy of his or her CITI human subjects ethics training certificate, or other training documentation for non-JHSPH personnel.  Once a person is registered, and agrees to participate as a study team member, that person will have access to the electronic application and may answer questions or upload documents.  Only the PI may actually submit the application to the IRB.

Each new application should include the following forms, as appropriate:

Check the JHSPH IRB forms page to see whether any others are relevant to your study.

If your project involves collaboration with another institution that has its own IRB with an FWA, and your role does not include responsibility for overseeing the interaction/intervention with human subjects or the informed consent process, and does not include your access to participants’ identifiable private information, but you are “engaged in” human subjects research under our guidance, you may wish to enter into an IRB Authorization Agreement which permits the JHSPH IRB to defer review to the collaborator’s IRB.  Please contact the IRB Director if that is the case.