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IRB Submission

General Directions for IRB Submission through Axiom Mentor

Complete the National Institutes of Health (NIH) online training on protecting human subjects. All PIs and co-PIs on each project are required to complete the NIH training.

  1. Log into the Axiom Mentor System at The institution ID is belmont and you will use your MyBelmont credentials to access the system. Note: The Axiom Mentor System is the name of the online IRB protocol application management system.

  2. IMPORTANT NOTE: The NIH protection of human subject training is being replaced with CITI training. If you have a NIH or CITI training certificate, please upload it into the Axiom Mentor system (see screen shot below). If you do not have a certificate, please read the Belmont Report prior to completing your IRB protocol application while we are making the transition from NIH to CITI. 

    The report can be found at

    To upload your NIH or CITI certificate into the Axiom Mentor System. First, click on “PI Documentation.” 
    Then click on upload. sub2.png
  3. Also see the “Info Page” tab to the left of the screen. This “Info Page” will give you additional insight into the process of submitting an application, if needed.sub3.png
  4. Once you have outlined your research project and are ready to begin your IRB submission, click on the My Protocols tab on the left & click “Create New Protocol”. If you have had previous protocols submitted and approved, they will show up also on this page.sub4.png
  5. You may see this reminder about the NIH training
  6. Your application begins with the Pre-Protocol Diagnostic Survey, and you will be asked to answer a series of questions. The purpose of the survey is to help determine if your project needs IRB review, and if so, the appropriate level of review required. The IRB chair or designee will confirm. Please see the “Levels of Review” page on the Belmont IRB site for more information about the three different levels of review. Below is just the first question.
  7. Once the Pre-Protocol Diagnostic Survey has been completed, click “Proceed to protocol submission” to continue. No matter what level of review is determined (i.e., exempt, expedited or full), you will need to submit a completed application and appropriate consent form. These forms can be found under “Forms” on our IRB website. Please note that there is now an exempt application form.sub7.png
  8. If you are conducting interviews or using surveys or questionnaires, be sure that the completed instrument(s) are uploaded as well. You may need to obtain approval from the author of the survey or questionnaire. Please be sure to get any necessary approvals before beginning your IRB submission.
  9. The final step, once all of your application is complete, is to click on “Submit Protocol for Review.”
  10. It is very important that you understand that you may not begin work on your project until this entire review process is completed.
  11. Please note that the review of your protocol may be delayed due to the following errors:
    1. NIH certificate for all investigators involved with the study are not uploaded to the Mentor site.
    2. Only the pre-protocol survey is submitted and a completed application, which includes specific details of the study, is not included;
    3. Investigators do not carefully edit their protocols before submission ensuring all of the information is complete and the protocol and consent forms align (i.e., The protocol and consent forms are inconsistent in the procedures.). Also, please do a careful check for grammar and spelling on all documents.
    4. The application does not include the complete data collection tools (e.g., survey questions).
    5. The application does not include specific details regarding procedures for protecting the privacy of participants and maintaining the confidentiality of data.
    6. Consent form is written at too high of a reading level this is not within the recommended guidelines. Consents should be written at a 6th- 8th grade level.

Please note that this is not a complete list but some of the common situations that have slowed down reviews.