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COVID-19: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (‘Illinois’) Office for the Protection of Research Subjects (‘OPRS’) continues to develop plans to both protect the safety and health of our community as well as to ensure continuity of our business operations. Please see information and guidance for researchers here.

What's Happening

Upcoming Meetings

December 15, 2020

Next Social Behavioral IRB meeting

December 10, 2020

Next Biomedical IRB meeting

See all meeting dates

2020 Holiday Closure Information

Beginning Monday, December 21st, OPRS will be closed for holiday break. The office will resume regular working hours on January 4th. To ensure your submission is pre-reviewed before break, please submit by Friday, December 11th.  

Agenda Items

Submissions are pre-reviewed by OPRS before IRB review. Items requiring full board review must be determined to be ready, with pre-review issues resolved, no less than two weeks prior to the meeting date. This allows adequate processing time and ensures sufficient review time for the IRB members.

Education & Outreach Update

OPRS presentations are on hold until further notice. If you have a question about the IRB review process, please request assistance from OPRS by submitting this form:

Smart IRB

Illinois is now a member of SmartIRB, an online reliance system to aid in collaborative agreements across campuses.

Research in the News

Check out various news items related to human subjects research here.

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What is the OPRS?

The Office for the Protection of Research Subjects (OPRS), while performing administrative functions of the Institutional Review Board (IRB), serves as the official oversight office for human subject research at Illinois. The office is the central point of contact for investigators, research subjects, and regulatory agencies. OPRS organizes and documents the IRB review process, monitors research regulations, produces educational resources for faculty and staff, and provides assurance that the Urbana campus is in compliance with federal, state, and campus policies. Contact OPRS.

About the IRB

All research involving human subjects that is conducted at or sponsored by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, whether funded or unfunded and whether conducted by Illinois faculty or others, must comply with applicable policies for the protection of human subjects.


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Expires: 10/18/2022