Creating Reviewer Notes

Main Audience: Committee Member, Designated Reviewer, Vet Reviewer

eBridge will send an automated email notification when a submission has been assigned to a Designated Reviewer, Primary Reviewer, or Secondary Reviewer.

During the course of reviewing an animal submission – Animal Use Application (AUA), 3-Year de novo Renewal AUA, Animal Amendment (AA), or Annual Renewal (AR), IACUC reviewers may require clarification or correction to the submission before rendering a final decision. The reviewer should log Reviewer Notes in the appropriate section(s); these Reviewer Notes are logged and maintained for the IACUC and IACUC Office to view, but they are not accessible to the Principal Investigator (PI) or research community.



  1. Log in to eBridge. (For assistance with your password when logging in to eBridge, please contact the eBridge Help Desk.)
  2. Locate the submission (AUA, 3-Year Renewal, AA, or AR) which was assigned to you for review. You can navigate to the submission either through the link provided in the email notification or from the eBridge Homepage.
    1. From the Email Notification:
      1. Select the AUA ID link in green letters from within the automated eBridge email notification. This link will navigate to the specific AUA, AA, or AR Workspace.
    2. From eBridge:
      1. Select My Home from the upper right portion of the screen.
      2. Select the IACUC Committee Member role from the left-hand column.
      3. Select the My Inbox tab.
      4. Select the Name in green letters to navigate to the AUA, AA, or AR Workspace identified in the email notification.
  3. Select View [type of submission] along the left-hand, gray-shaded column within the existing AUA, AA, or AR Workspace.
    1. If the submission is an AA, choose View Amendment and View Modified AUA to evaluate the content of the submission in its entirety.
  4. To log a Reviewer Note for the Principal Investigator (PI) to address in that particular SmartForm page, locate the yellow bar near the top of the screen entitled Reviewer Notes.
    1. Select the Add button to post a Reviewer Note.
    2. A new window will open with a text box for you to enter the question(s).
      1. Enter the question number (e.g. 3.0) that the note pertains to.
      2. Enter the content of the note.
    3. Click Ok to post the Reviewer Note.
    4. View the Reviewer Notes bar at the top of the SmartForm page to verify that the note was posted.
    5. Please note that any comments included as a Reviewer Note in eBridge are a part of the permanent record for that submission.
  5. Select Exit which will direct you back to the AUA, AA, or AR Workspace.
  6. When all Reviewer Notes have been logged and the review is complete, select Enter Reviewer Decision under My Activities along the left-hand, gray shaded column within the AUA, AA, or AR Workspace.
    1. A new window will open with a drop-down to elect the decision. If there are Reviewer Notes for the PI to address, please choose Request Changes.
    2. Click Ok.

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SmartForm ID: What is the ID Number?

  • Human Submissions ID (PRO, AME, CPR, RE)
  • Animal Submissions ID (AUA, AA, AR)
  • Funding Proposal ID (FP, BU)
  • IBC Applications ID (IBCYear#)

Location: Where are you in eBridge?

  • Activity
  • Workspace
  • SmartForm
  • Section/Page Number

Problem/Guidance: What were you doing or trying to do?

  • Description of issue
  • What you were doing when the issue occurred
  • Screen shot of error message, if applicable


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