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 2019 semester, the IRB will meet, if needed, on the dates indicated below, at 10:00 a.m.  IRB meetings are usually held in Leigh Hall with the room to be reserved and announced if a meeting is needed.

Application Receipt Deadline  For an application to be reviewed at meeting scheduled for: (Meetings are ONLY held if needed.)
September 6, 2019 No meeting
October 4, 2019 No meeting
November 1, 2019 November 15, 2019
November 29, 2019  December 13, 2019
January 3, 2020 January 2020 - to be determined
February 7, 2020 February 2020 - to be determined
March 6, 2020 March 2020 - to be determined
April 3, 2020 April 2020 - to be determined
May 1, 2020 May 2020 - to be determined

IRB Resources