Review the following FAQs:

From the IRB Manager home page, select “To login using CUNY Login.” You will use your CUNYFirst credentials, where your username is entered as followed by the password associated with that username.

If you are a CUNY researcher/research personnel who DOES NOT have CUNYFirst credentials, request an IRB Manager account by emailing ( and include the following information in your email:

  • First and Last Name
  • DOB (Does not need to be your actual DOB)
  • PIN (4 digits - you can make something up)
  • CUNY email address

*You will be notified within 1-2 business days with your credentials to log into IRB Manager.

Exempt or expedited review and approval: 30 - 45 days before you intend to start your research.

Convened/full IRB review (Greater than minimal risk research): at least 90 days before you intend to start your research.

Minors (children under 18 years of age), wards of the state, prisoners, fetuses, pregnant women or individuals that have a diminished mental capacity are considered vulnerable subjects. 

  1. Basic course: All key personnel involved in human subjects research must complete the CUNY-­‐required modules of the CITI on-­‐line training in the protection of human subjects (basic course) prior to IRB approval of a new or continuing review application, or an amendment application that requests addition of key personnel.
  2. Refresher Course: On-­‐line training certificates will be valid for three years. Key personnel are required to take the CITI training in the protection of human subjects (refresher course) every 3 years following completion of the basic course.
  3. Key personnel are defined as the Principal Investigator, co-­‐investigators and research personnel who interact directly with human subjects or who have access to private information related to human subjects during the course of a research project. Key personnel also include faculty sponsors /advisors who provide direct oversight of research with human subjects or research using private information about human subjects.
  4. ALL research personnel must provide an active HSR CITI completion certificate in each application. Upload certificates as evidence of completion to the Attachments tab in IRB Manager and label documents as CVs.
  1. Full time CUNY faculty and staff and Research Foundation-CUNY staff
  2. Adjunct faculty
  3. Students and postdoctoral scholars (You must have a faculty member listed on the project as an advisor)

CUNY is considered engaged in a particular human subjects research project when CUNY employees or agents obtain, for the purposes of the research project, (1) data about the subjects of the research through intervention or interaction with them; (2) identifiable private information about the subjects of the research; or (3) the informed consent of human subjects for the research.