An Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee whose primary responsibility is to protect the rights and welfare of human research participants. The IRB reviews research studies to ensure that these studies are ethical and protect the rights of the donors and participants. The committee also reviews research protocols and consent forms to determine compliance with all relevant regulations. There is no limit to the time and energy an IRB could spend on protocol review, research monitoring, continuing education and the process of informed consent.
IRB student and faculty Application Form can be downloaded from here
Access NIH Research Participants online ethics training here
Download an Informed Consent template for face-to-face or online data collection here.
Download this form to update an existing research project (i.e., one that has already been approved by the IRB).
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Who serves on the IRB?
- Upon what federal regulations is IRB policy based?
- What is the Belmont Report and how has it influenced federal regulations regarding the protection of human subjects?
- How do the ethical principles identified in the Belmont Report relate to human subjects protection?
- What are the criteria for IRB review of a protocol?
- When is an IRB review required?
- Once the board reviews my study, when can I start enrolling subjects?
- What is informed consent?
- What is the procedure for conducting research at a local public grade school or charter school?
- What is the protocol for conducting research at a community organization or business?
- Do I qualify for exempt review? If my project is exempt, does that mean that I do not have to submit an application to IRB?
- Do I need to tell the IRB that my project is exempt?
- I plan to collect data at universities/colleges other than UTPB, what is required for approval of this type of project?
- I am a researcher at a university or institution other than UTPB, and I would like to survey UTPB students/faculty/staff, do I need approval from the UTPB IRB to collect my data?
- Can I waive informed consent on my study?
- I plan to conduct a pilot study (or feasibility study) to guide a larger research project. Does this require IRB review?
- I am a professor who intends to collect data for an assessment of one of my classes. Do I need IRB?
- I am a professor who has assigned a class to complete research activities that may include contact with human subjects. Do I need to complete an IRB application for the class as a whole, or must I require each student to complete one independently?
- Does focus group research require IRB approval?