Based on Federal Regulations and Ferris State University Policy, all research involving human subjects must be reviewed and approved by the FSU IRB prior to beginning research. If you have questions on whether an activity requires IRB review, please review the "Resources Tab" or contact the IRB for assistance.


Applications submitted via fax or campus mail will no longer be accepted.
Applications MUST include all investigator signatures.
Either mail signatures to the address listed below or scan & upload to a PDF file and email to IRB.


As of January 1, 2014 all investigators must complete online CITI Training and include a copy of certificate with their IRB application.
CITI Training Instructions
Register to access IRB CITI Training


Time Frame for Application Review

Length of IRB review depends on the nature of the study, as well as accuracy and completeness of applications submitted. Investigators are encouraged to suggest a review category; however, classification is determined by the IRB. Estimated review periods for applications are provided below. A delay in review may be expected between semesters, during final examination periods, and university closures. 

Exempt & Expedited Reviews  Minimum of 14 working days
Full Review Reviewed at monthly meetings

Please note: All applications will receive an acknowledgement of receipt within 1-2 business days.


Contact Information:
Ferris State University Institutional Review Board

220 Ferris Drive, PHR 308
Big Rapids, MI 49307
PHONE: (231) 591-2553   FAX: (231) 591-2226