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Welcome to ETHOS (Ethical Oversight Submission System), the University of Minnesota’s web-based platform for IRB submissions.

An ETHOS upgrade is scheduled to go live in October. ETHOS will go offline on Friday, October 6 at 5:00 p.m. and will be back online on Monday, October 16 at 7:00 a.m. Please note that this downtime start is one business day earlier than previously anticipated.


Most of the changes to ETHOS will affect the “look and feel” of ETHOS. However, studies that are reviewed by external IRBs will undergo substantial changes to functionality and organization. Resources will be available to assist with this transition. 


Additional information can be found on the ETHOS Upgrade 2023 page of the IRB website.



Click here for the IRB newsletter, your source for information on ETHOS updates, IRB toolkit changes, upcoming training opportunities and other topics of interest to the research community.


The IRB offers monthly ETHOS learning labs via Zoom, which include an overview of ETHOS followed by opportunities to ask questions, learn navigation tips, and apply new skills. Learning labs take place the second Thursday of every month from 12:00-12:45 p.m. Registration is not required, just click here to join.


IRB staff are here to help.  You can contact the IRB office at 612-626-5654 or irb@umn.edu. You can also request a 15-minute Zoom consultation with IRB staff by completing this form. All IRB staff members are available by phone and email; you can find their contact information here.