For New Investigators

New to the IRB?

Welcome to the IRB at Northwell Health. If you are a new investigator, we encourage you to reach out to the Office of the HRPP at any time with questions or concerns (516-321-2100 or If you plan to do research with human subjects now or in the future, below are some simple steps to get you started:

 Complete the required Research Training (CITI program)

The health system uses the CITI online training program for researcher training. You can access the CITI webpage here: If you have not completed CITI before, create a new account, and complete the following modules:

  • Northwell Health Human Subjects Research Course (must be renewed every 3 years)
  • Conflict of Interest Course (must be renewed every 4 years)

(Note: If you have taken the CITI training at your prior institution, you can transfer your training by re-affiliating with Northwell Health; there may be additional questions to complete, as each institution has different training requirements.)

For additional help with CITI training, see our guidance page.

Complete your Conflict of Interest (COI) Disclosure

Individuals responsible for the design, conduct or reporting of research are required to complete an External Interest Disclosure (COI Disclosure) electronically through COISmart at least once a year or within 30 days of any new significant financial interest. To complete your disclosure, click here to view the directions for COISmart.

Use the Submission Instructions Page

If you’re not sure how to prepare your IRB submission, a great place to start is by visiting the submission instructions page.

Use template documents

Using templates can save valuable time. Templates are available for consent forms, protocols, recruitment materials, etc. Click here to access all templates.

Contact your IRB Case Manager

At Northwell Health there is a specific IRB staff person assigned to each department. This person is called the department’s “case manager.” Your department’s case manager is your point of contact for any IRB issue. We strongly encourage you to reach out to your case manager, introduce yourself, and ask any questions you may have about the IRB process. It can be especially helpful to contact your case manager early in the submission process, to ensure that you are completing the correct forms and documents for a new research study. Click here to find your case manager.