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 9, 2015

August 31, 2015

October 14, 2015

September 29, 2015

November 11, 2015

October 27, 2015

December 9, 2015

November 25, 2015

January 20, 2016

January 6, 2016

February 10, 2016

January 26, 2016

March 9, 2016

February 23, 2016

April 13, 2016

March 29, 2016

May 11, 2016

April 26, 2016

IRB Resources