Application Process


IRB applications are available online through Cayuse IRB system. The preparation of an IRB application is a collaborative process between the researcher, faculty advisor (if the researcher is a student), and the IRB representative for your School or College. Before submitting an application for review, researchers should consult their IRB representative with any questions. The preparation of an IRB application requires careful planning and dialogue with IRB personnel.

USD is committed to providing an IRB review process that is efficient and responsive. In order to achieve this goal, we request that researchers work with us collaboratively and follow the application directions carefully.

  •  If this is your first time submitting an IRB application at USD, email IRB Coordinator Bridget C. Meschen using your USD email address and indicate whether you are student, faculty or staff. Students must include their faculty advisor’s name. (It is not necessary to include your id number.)

  • You will receive an email with instructions on how to access the IRB Application in Cayuse IRB, via MySanDiego portal.

  • All persons must show proof of IRB training. This includes persons who will not have contact with human subjects and students serving as research assistants. Each researcher named in your study is required to have a current training certificate. USD accepts unexpired NIH or CITI certification. Training certificates (and faculty advisor’s letter of support for students) are required to complete the application. See application instructions with screen shots.