There are three types of human subjects research proposals: exempt from full board review, expedited from full board review, and requiring full board review. The difference in these three types of review depends upon the amount of potential risk to research subjects. The Institutional Review Board determines which kind of review your study requires.
The Office of Research Integrity recommends submitting research proposals one month prior to the date when a researcher would like to begin the project. This allows plenty of time for any possible revisions and board discussion. Projects should be submitted no later than 3:00 P.M. on the Wednesday prior to the board meeting.
Exempt from Full Board Review
If an initial review of your project results in an exempt decision, your study will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Expedited from Full Board Review
If an initial review of your project results in an expedited decision, your study will be reviewed when the subcommittee meets. Check the meeting dates and submission deadlines for expedited review for 2017-2018.
Requiring Full Board Review
If an initial review of your project results in a full board decision, your study will be reviewed when the full Institutional Review Board meets once each month. Check the meeting dates and submission deadlines for full board review for 2017-2018.
The IRB may move a study to a different category than it was assigned initially, depending upon the IRB's risk assessment and discussion.