Submission Dates for Proposals
If it is anticipated that the proposal will be appropriate for review at the exempt or expedited level, it may be submitted at any time.
If it is anticipated that the proposal will require full board review, the proposal should be submitted 5 business days before the monthly meeting of the IRB to allow each committee member to full read and review the proposal.
The committee will provide a response within two weeks for "exempted" and "expedited" research. Proposals requiring a full board review may take longer. Although many proposals are accepted as originally submitted, the author should expect that the committee's response will probably point out areas where modifications are needed, and that the committee will expect the proposal to be modified and resubmitted. Occasionally, even the resubmitted proposal will be returned for further modification, lengthening the process to six or more weeks.
Meeting Dates for the Full Board
The Institutional Review Board for Protection of Human Subjects meets once a month during the academic year of September through May. Since most of the review process happens outside the meeting, approval decisions are made on a continuous basis, with reconfirmation made at the monthly meeting. IRB proposals that require full board review, however, can only be approved at IRB meetings.
Anyone doing research involving vulnerable populations (e.g., minors, people with cognitive delays, or people who are emprisoned or currently homeless), or that involve greater than minimal risk or the collection of any biological samples, should aim to submit their applications at least a week before these dates in order to avoid long delays in processing.
Deadlines for proposals requiring Full Board review:
Submissions are due by 4 p.m. a week before the meeting.