What is the approval process for my research?
- After you have submitted your completed IRB application form to the UIRB Administrator, your protocol will be forwarded to an IRB member for review.
- The IRB reviewer will conduct one of the following reviews, depending on your individual protocol:
Exempt: The research is exempt from further review and is authorized to proceed.
Expedited: The research is approved and is authorized to proceed for one year.
Full Board: The research requires a full board review before approval can be given.
NOTE: If your research involves vulnerable populations, including prisoners, individuals with impaired decision-making capacity, or minors, your protocol will be subject to a full board review.
- An approval letter will be sent to you detailing the category of review and approval. This letter will include the IRB assigned protocol number. Once you are in possession of this letter you may begin your data collection.
How long does the review and approval process take?
The review process may take up to 30 days, and if you will be conducting research with vulnerable populations (listed above), the review process may take even longer.
UIRB members are full-time faculty members, and you should not expect your protocol to be reviewed and approved in a shorter time period. Always plan to submit your protocol a full month in advance of when you would like to start conducting research.
What is a Full Board Review?
If a project involves more than minimal risk to human subjects, the protocol requires full board review. In preparation for the full board review, the IRB member that initially reviewed the protocol will work with the researcher to suggest any revisions necessary to protect the human subjects.
The researcher (and faculty sponsor if the researcher is a student) will be invited to attend the next full board meeting. At this meeting, all UIRB members will review the protocol to assure that the design and safeguards of the research meet the requirements. The IRB will then rule on the protocol to determine if further revisions or approval is appropriate.
When does the UIRB meet throughout the year?
The UIRB holds regular meetings throughout the academic year to review protocols as necessary.
In the event that the regularly scheduled IRB meetings are not adequate to provide timely review for the protocols received, the IRB Administrator will make every effort to schedule additional meetings as needed.
Winter Review - December 2019/January 2020
IRB applications for minimal risk research (exempt and expedited) will be reviewed during the winter months. Faculty, students, and staff can submit applications at any time, but full board protocols will not be reviewed until the spring term, at a scheduled meeting during the regular academic year. Reviews may take longer than usual during the winter months.
Full Board Meeting Schedule - Spring 2020