Integrated Research Application System (IRAS)

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The Integrated Research Application System (IRAS) is an online (web-based) system for preparing regulatory and governance applications for health and social care research. It is a UK-wide system, which is provided by the HRA on behalf of the IRAS partners, who include:

  • UK Health Departments
  • Administration of Radioactive Substances Advisory Committee (ARSAC)
  • Health Research Authority
  • Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA)
  • Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
  • National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network (NIHR CRN), England
  • National Research Ethics Service, including the Gene Therapy Advisory Committee (GTAC)
  • ‘National Information Governance Board (NIGB)’ – since April 2013, the Confidentiality Advisory Group (CAG), part of the HRA
  • National Offender Management Service (NOMS)
  • National Social Care Research Ethics Committee

 

IRAS captures the information needed for the relevant approvals from the following bodies:

  • Administration of Radioactive Substances Advisory Committee (ARSAC)
  • Confidentiality Advisory Group (CAG)
  • Gene Therapy Advisory Committee (GTAC)
  • Health Research Authority (HRA) for projects seeking HRA Approval
  • Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
  • NHS / HSC R&D offices
  • NHS / HSC Research Ethics Committees
  • National Offender Management Service (NOMS)
  • Social Care Research Ethics Committee

Website address: www.myresearchproject.org.uk

Using IRAS:

To use IRAS you must have an account.

You can create an account using the link on the horizontal toolbar at the top of the IRAS website. After entering the requested details you will receive an email to confirm your registration. You should follow the instructions in this email. Please note that some email systems will place this email in a junk or spam folder so please check this folder if you have not received the email to your inbox.

The email address that you enter for your IRAS account is used for logging in and for receiving messages from the system, such as authorisation and transfer requests. It is also used if you forget your IRAS password, so you should use an email address that you check regularly and make sure that you keep this information up to date in your IRAS account.

E-learning:

The system has an e-learning module, which is free to use and does not require registration or a login. If you are a new or infrequent user of the system then it is recommended you use this module to get an overview of the system and the functionality that it offers. The e-learning module may be accessed via the horizontal toolbar at the top of the screen.

Guidance and help:

IRAS offers a wealth of guidance to help you complete your applications and use the system. This includes:

  • Question-specific guidance – brief guidance is shown in italics alongside the question. More detailed guidance is accessed via the IRAS_Info_Icon icons . When you click on these icons a pop-up box will display the guidance. This guidance may be printed if desired.
  • Help sections – within the Help section, which is accessed via the horizontal toolbar at the top of the screen, there is collated and general guidance documents.
  • Updates and news – any changes to the system, new guidance or news (such as planned system downtime for maintenance) will be advertised on the purple shaded box on the login page. Any further detail will usually be provided on the Updates page within the Help section.
  • Contact information for points of further guidance, including guidance specific to particular types of application can be found on the Contact Us page, which is accessed via the horizontal toolbar at the top of the screen.

 Page last updated on: 28 August 2015