Institutional Review Board

A number of changes have been made to the review process of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for proposals that recruit human research participants. Remember, all human subjects research projects must be approved by the IRB before the study is started. Investigators who believe that their study poses no more than minimal risk to participants and meets the federal guidelines may request an expedited review. Expedited reviews will be conducted by 2 IRB members, instead of the full committee. Submissions will be accepted at any time during the academic year when school is in session. We will notify investigators of the outcome of the review within 5-10 business days. To submit a proposal for expedited review, visit the IRB Moodle site in the folder called “Committees and Task Forces” from the main Heidelberg Moodle page. If your study does not meet the criteria for an expedited review, it will be reviewed by the full IRB committee. Full reviews will take place 5 times during the semester. For the Spring 2016 semester, submissions must be received by the following dates:

  • January 29
  • February 12
  • March 4
  • March 24
  • April 8

Investigators will be notified of the outcome of a full review within 10-12 business days of the submission deadline.
To submit a proposal:

  • follow the instructions for submissions on the Moodle site
  • The enrollment code is: irb2015

Regardless of whether you request expedited or full review, you must complete the same IRB form (available on Moodle) and attach all the required documents. Federal guidelines require that proposals undergoing expedited review are reviewed just as thoroughly as proposals undergoing full review.

Also, all University faculty and staff conducting or mentoring research projects that involve human participants must complete the training in human participant research module provided by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). To complete this training, researchers must register with the NIH and proceed through the online tutorial. All members of the IRB must also complete this training. Each individual must renew their training at least once yearly following initial completion of the course. Once you have completed the course, upload your certificate to the Moodle site.

Please contact the Chair of IRB, Kylee Spencer, at with any questions.