The Institutional Review Board (IRB) oversees all research projects involving human participants. Please use the decision tree to determine the documentation you need to submit to the IRB. All investigators must complete online training for human subject protection through the NIH. Certificate of completion should be saved, printed and provided to the IRB with your application.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year but we advise all applicants to plan in advance for IRB review.
Full board IRB applications will be reviewed by the IRB Committee on the first of each month. This means that all applications requiring full board approval must be recieved by midnight on the first of each month. Applicants will receive feedback by the end of the month. Thus, there is a 30-day period between (a) the time an application is sent to the full board for review and (b) the receipt of feedback.
Expedited applications will continue to be reviewed in the order they are received.
In both cases, applicants are encouraged to make the recommended changes set forth by the IRB. Once these changes are implemented and the application is resubmitted, the IRB works swiftly to reexamine the application. To streamline the review process, please highlight application revisions in the original document before resubmission.
All applications should be submitted as a single electronic file. Submitting multiple files associated with a single application will slow down the processing time.
Please note that applicants must provide their NIH training certification number, as well as an electronic copy of the actual certificate. Certificates should be dated less than five years prior to the application.
Prior to application preparation:
- Federal Categories of Review - added 10/10
- An Overview of the IRB Process - updated 9/10
- Institutional Guidelines for Treatment of Human Participants in Research - updated 8/10
Please note that the IRB has posted NEW files below. You should submit applications using ONLY the new forms with the current university brand in the header.
- Application to Use Human Participants in Research - updated 8/15
- Requirements for Informed Consent - updated 8/15
- Child Assent Policy - updated 8/15
- Application to Use Human Participants in Class Projects - updated 8/15
Study Continuation or Conclusion:
Submit applications and contact the IRB with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org