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OPRS Needs Your Feedback!

The Office for the Protection of Research Subjects, in collaboration with the IRB, drafted a campuswide policy on blood draws collected either through venipuncture or an IV catheter. Before going live, we are soliciting feedback from the research community via an open comment period. You will need to use your NetID to view the policy and provide comments. Please note that all comments will be anonymous unless a reviewer adds their name. 


Review the policy and comment here.

What's Happening

Upcoming Meetings

September 28, 2021

Next Social Behavioral IRB meeting

October 14, 2021

Next Biomedical IRB meeting

See all meeting dates

Participant Survey

We want to hear from you regarding your experience as a research participant. Follow the link below where you may complete an anonymous survey. If you would like OPRS to follow up, there is an option to provide your contact information.


COVID-19 Update - July 29, 2021

The University has released updated guidance regarding the wearing of face coverings in all University facilities beginning July 30, 2021. 

Principal investigators are asked to update their approved COVID-19 safety plans based on these updated guidelines. Updated plans do not need to be re-reviewed by OPRS or DRS. If a research group or members of a research group encounter issues implementing changes to their safety plan, they should seek guidance from their Unit Head or the Division of Research Safety

If a research protocol does not already include in-person procedures, an amendment is required to request IRB approval for the addition of in-person procedures.

Office Hours 

OPRS staff continue to work remotely and all meetings are being held virtually. Staff are happy to arrange Zoom meetings or conference calls with researchers by request. If you are in need of a consultation related to an IRB protocol, please provide OPRS with more information by providing our office with a request form.



Research participants: please contact us with any questions and/or concerns you may have regarding your role in a research study. Comments may be made confidentially. If you would like OPRS to follow up, there is an option to provide your contact information.

Useful Links

Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation

Research Integrity and Ethics

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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.