Institutional Review Board (IRB)

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.

Submitting an Application to the IRB

IRB applications must be submitted electronically, via email to  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 three 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

IRB Meeting Schedule and Application Deadlines

IRB meetings are held, if needed, approximately two weeks after the deadline.  For the Fall 2018 semester, the IRB will meet, if needed, on the dates indicated below, at 10:00 a.m.  All IRB meetings are held in the ORA Conference Room (285-C) located within Suite 284 of the Polsky Building.

Application Receipt Deadline (If submitting in person, office closes at 5pm) For application to be reviewed at meeting scheduled for:
September 5, 2018 September 21, 2018
October 3, 2018 October 19, 2018
October 31, 2018 November 16, 2018
January 9, 2019 January 18, 2019
February 6, 2019 February 8, 2019
March 6, 2019 March 15, 2019
April 3, 2019 To be announced
May 1, 2019 To be announced

IRB Resources