Completing the Application Type Page

What is the purpose of the Application Type page?

The Application Type section of the initial review smartform allows study teams to select the appropriate IRB application for a study or project from a list provided on the first page of this section. Study teams will see a different IRB application form based on the application type selected.

If you wish to request for the UW-Madison to cede IRB review to another IRB, these requests are handled through a different process (see here). Please contact the Health Sciences IRBs Office Reliance Team at if you have questions.

When does the Application Type section page display?

The Application Type page will display for every new IRB application. The Application Type page can be found in the General Study Information section of the initial review application smartform.


How do I complete the Application Type page?

Study teams complete the Application Type page by selecting the one application type that is appropriate for their study or project. A description of each application type is provided via the Help link on the far right hand side of the page. Selecting the appropriate application type is important so that the study team does not complete unnecessary parts of the form or provide insufficient information to the IRB.

What if I make changes to the application type while preparing the initial review smartform?

Changing the application type may have a significant impact on what parts of the IRB application display, so it is important to choose the correct application type before completing other parts of the application.

What if I am not sure about which application type to select?

More information about application types can be found in the Application Type Guidance. If you are not sure about which application type to select, please contact for assistance. Please do not guess which application type should be selected as this may result in completing unnecessary parts of the application or in substantial revisions to the application during the pre-review process if the wrong application type is selected.

Tips for Selecting an Application Type

  • The Training Grant, Umbrella Grant, or Core Grant application type should be selected ONLY to seek approval of an overarching grant for funding purposes.
  • The Reading Center/Statistical Data Analysis Center (SDAC)/Analysis Center application type should be selected ONLY when the UW's role is limited to analysis of data, samples, or images on behalf of a multi-site study. This application should NOT be used for tissue banks.
  • The Protocol Development Activities (PDA) application type should be selected ONLY to facilitate the submission of grant applications to the IRB for review when research activities involving human subjects are planned in future but have not been finalized (e.g., the grant incorporates a planning stage) or when an agency or organization requires IRB approval of the concept as part of the application for funding. Only planning activities that do NOT involve human subjects can be covered by this administrative approval.

Keywords:application type, health care record review, HCRRO, exemption, full, PDA, HUD, training, grant   Doc ID:17444
Owner:Monica E.Group:Health Sciences IRBs
Created:2011-03-24 18:00 CSTUpdated:2020-02-18 13:31 CST
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