GW Integrated Research Information Software (iRIS)

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Administrative systems and processes must keep pace as the university’s research enterprise grows.

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) has led a process to identify and acquire an electronic system with the goal of streamlining research compliance operations. The Integrated Research Information Software (iRIS) will automate processes that currently require printed forms, manage workflows, and allow investigators to track the status of their applications and training requirements.

The implementation of the electronic system is an important part of the university’s strategic initiatives in support of research.

This page will be used to update the GW research community about important developments that pertain to the new system.


The Modules

OVPR and the Division of Information Technology (DIT) are preparing to launch web-based modules that support:

  • human subjects research,
  • animal research,
  • research with biological agents, and
  • conflict of interest disclosure and management.

The modules will:

  • allow users to initiate and submit research protocols online;
  • automate the workflow for review of protocols by staff and boards such as the Institutional Review Board (IRB), the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), and the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC); and
  • provide collaborative tools for studies with multiple sites.



Each module requires different integrations with university systems, migration of existing data, and user training. OVPR is working closely with DIT to plan the implementation and rollout of each component.

  • Human subjects research module (supporting the IRB): In progress. Testing in progress, scheduled to go live June 2018
  • Animal research modules (supporting the IACUC and ARF): Target go live October 2018
  • Research with biological agents (supporting the IBC): Target go live January 2019
  • Conflict of interest disclosure and management: Target go live January 2019



Online and written training materials are being developed. A schedule of training sessions will be posted here.



Each module will have a point of contact for questions and support during the implementation, launch and early use of the tool: