Institutional Review Board (IRB)
About the board
The University of Akron Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (IRB) is an administrative body established to protect the rights and welfare of individuals recruited for participation in research conducted under the auspices of the university or its affiliates. Its mission is to advance an organizational culture and infrastructure that supports the highest ethical standards in the review and implementation of research with human participants. The University of Akron gives the IRB ultimate authority for approval of research with human participants.
Submit an application
IRB applications must be submitted electronically, via email to email@example.com. IRB applications can be approved through exempt or expedited review and will not require a presentation to the full board. IRB applications eligible for exempt or expedited review may be submitted electronically any time and will be reviewed as they are received. The process for exempt and expedited review and approval takes about two to four weeks. In general, the more complete the initial proposal, the less time it takes for approval. Applicants should retain a copy of their protocol for their own records. For questions, please contact the Office of Research Administration, 330-972-7666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meeting schedule and application deadlines
IRB meetings are held twice per semester during the academic year, approximately one month after the application deadline. If needed, additional meeting(s) are scheduled. Due to precautions related to COVID-19, IRB meetings are held remotely using Microsoft Teams.
|Application receipt deadline||For an application to be reviewed at meeting scheduled for: (Meetings are ONLY held if needed.)|
|September 15, 2021||October 15, 2021 No October meeting|
|October 19, 2021||November 19, 2021 December 3, 2021, 10-Noon|
|January 2022 (TBD)||February 2022 (TBD)|
|February 2022 (TBD)||March 2022 (TBD)|
- IRB Members 2021-2022
- University of Akron IRB Guidelines
- IRB Forms
- Federal Regulations and Guidance