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 may be submitted at any time to the Office of Research Administration, Polsky Building Suite 284, Mail Zip +2102.  Many IRB applications can be approved through expedited review and will not require a presentation to the full IRB.  The process for expedited review and approval takes two to three weeks.  Generally, the more complete the initial proposal, the less time it takes for approval.  If you are unsure whether your protocol will require a full board review or an expedited review, you must present your application to the IRB office by the deadline for the upcoming meeting. This rule also applies to applications for continuing review. Applicants should retain a copy for their own records. Deadlines are strictly observed.

IRB Meeting Schedule and Application Deadlines

The IRB meets monthly, if needed, beginning at 10:00 a.m., Polsky building Suite 284 (room 285-C).  Unless a special request is made, the IRB does not meet in the summer.

IRB Meeting Schedule

Application Receipt Deadline (5:00 p.m.)

September 10, 2014

August 26, 2014

October 15, 2014

September 30, 2014

November 12, 2014

October 28, 2014

December 10, 2014

November 25, 2014

January 14, 2015

January 2, 2015

February 11, 2015

January 27, 2015

March 11, 2015

February 24, 2015

April 8, 2015

March 24, 2015

May 6, 2015

April 21, 2015

IRB Resources