Human Subjects Research

In accordance with SMU Policy 10.10 Human Subjects in Research, the use of Human Subjects in research activities will be performed in accordance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations, and guided by the principles in the Belmont Report. Review of research activities involving human subjects will be provided by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) in order to minimize the risks to, and to promote protection of the rights and welfare of, human subjects.

Electronic IRB Management Software: Axiom Mentor

The electronic IRB management system, Axiom Mentor, is ready for researcher use. This replaces the current system of emails and PDF forms. We transitioned exclusively to this system for all IRB activity on September 1, 2021.

If you would like to schedule an individual or group training session, contact Research Compliance to schedule an appointment. You will find SOPs for several common Mentor functions in the Research Handbook.

Watch a recorded Mentor training here.

Mentor IRB Management System

Researcher Guidance on COVID-19 and IRB Review

Please see the guidance on the Resumption of Research site.

Research Handbook

Details about the IRB committee and review process and guidance for compliance with the Common Rule can be found in the Research Handbook.

External Collaborations



We offer guidance for planning your research project. To discuss your specific research plans, please email Research Compliance or call at 214-768-2033.