Institutional Review Board
All research involving collecting data from human participants must gain approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) before research can begin. Examples of data sets that require human participation include, but are not limited to, questionnaires, interviews, systematic observation, focus groups, blood samples, human tissues, and video recording.
All research involving human subjects, conducted by The American University in Cairo (AUC) faculty, students, and staff require IRB approval even if it occurs outside Egypt, and all research involving human subjects to be conducted at AUC or supported by AUC must receive IRB approval even if the Principal Investigator (PI) is not an AUCian. Research conducted in the context of normal course assignments only, with no intention to publish the results or present them at a conference, does not need IRB approval.
For any IRB questions, you should contact the IRB Chair, Heba Kotb.
Effective January 1, 2013, all IRB proposals must be accompanied by proof of National Institutes of Health (NIH) training in the protection of human participants. Training is free and takes approximately three to four hours. Upon completion of the training, you will receive a certificate that should be attached to all future IRB applications. Check the training website.
As a general rule, cases are sent for review to the IRB members only on Thursday afternoons at 3 pm. However, it is a good idea to submit your proposals a few days ahead of time, so that you can be informed if anything is missing. To submit your application, click here. Note that only AUCians can apply through the system. To log into your account, you need to use your AUC ID and password. For new users, watch the tutorial video.
For any technical issues, send an email.
Approval by the IRB does not automatically mean approval by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), the Egyptian government agency that approves survey and interview work done within Egypt. To initiate a request for CAPMAS approval, send a request to your school dean. The point of contact at AUC for CAPMAS issues is Tarek Shawki, the University counselor. The IRB is not equipped to handle matters related to CAPMAS.