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Research with Human Subjects

University Committee on Activities Involving Human Subjects

Welcome to the University Committee on Activities Involving Human Subjects (UCAIHS) website! The site has been designed to help you:

  • Determine if your work must be reviewed and approved by the UCAIHS;
  • Understand federal regulations and NYU policies concerning human subjects in research;
  • Prepare an application for review and approval to the UCAIHS;
  • Respond to any concerns or requested revisions the UCAIHS may request after the initial review.

At New York University, all research involving human subjects (funded or not funded) must be reviewed and approved by the University's Institutional Review Board (IRB) before being carried out. The UCAIHS, which serves as NYU's IRB for the Washington Square units of the University, is authorized to review and approve research involving human subjects through an agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Human Research Protections called a Federal Wide Assurance.

See the section on How to Apply to get started with the application process, including whether your proposed work requires UCAIHS review and approval.


Upcoming IRB Office Closings and Submission Deadlines for Applications

Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R) Annual Conference Wednesday, November 11, 2015 through Friday, November 13, 2015

IRB staff will be attending PRIM&R Annual Conference in Boston, MA. There may be some delayed responses to telephone calls and e-mail queries during this period. Full office staffing will resume on Monday, November 16, 2015.

If you have an emergency that cannot wait until Monday, November 16, please e-mail


University-Wide Office Closings

Thanksgiving Recess -  The University will close at 4 p.m. Wednesday, November 25, 2015, and reopen on Monday, November 30, 2015 at 9 a.m.

Winter Recess - The University will close at 4 p.m., Wednesday, December 23, 2015, and will reopen on Monday, January 4, 2016 at 9 a.m.


Submission Deadlines for Applications prior to the University Winter Recess:

Full Review

Our final Committee meeting of 2015 will be held on Tuesday, December 08, 2015. The submission deadline for this meeting is November 10, 2015.

If you plan to start your research in early January 2016, we strongly recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible and well before the winter recess.

If you plan to start your research in February 2016, please submit your application after January 4, 2016.



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Federalwide Assurance

Expiration Date: 06/21/2018
IRB Registration No. 00000310
Terms of the FWA

New Human Subjects Training

NYU UCAIHS is transitioning to Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) training modules for Human Subjects available at The human subjects tutorial exam currently available on our website will be taken down May 25th, 2015.

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IRB Review Metrics - Total Protocol Count by Month, Average Turn-Around Time by Review Type (Committee Action), Total Protocols by School

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