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IRB Review Process

Guidance for Applying to the IRB

Overview of the Full-Committee Review Process

The IRB application process starts with your submission of the application form, consent forms and other required appendices/materials. The HRPP staff pre-reviews your application to make sure all of the necessary materials are there for IRB review. We then send you a letter with the IRB study number that has been assigned to your study, the committee number that will review your study, and the date it will do so.

Two weeks after the application deadline the IRB will convene and make a decision about your application. Seven to ten days after the meeting you will receive a letter from the HRPP detailing the outcome of the IRB meeting in regards to your research.

Follow the lifecycle of your study as it goes through the IRB process

Applying for Review

For guidance on the consent process and consent forms, see Consent Process & Forms

Download Application Forms

Applications and other files can be found and downloaded on our Forms page.

Guide to the IRB for Social Scientists

Risks and Wrongs in Social Science Research: An Evaluator's Guide to the IRB (pdf)
by J. Michael Oakes

  • IRB basics and background from a social scientist perspective
  • How and why evaluation and observational research falls within IRB purview
  • Discussion of 3 important issues: Subject Recruitment, Informed Consent, and Confidentiality
  • Tips for improving your relationship with IRBs