When to Submit

An IRB protocol should be submitted to irb@richmond.edu for any research project involving the study of human subjects. Researchers can submit their projects for review at any time, but prior to actually starting the research.

Expedited Review

The majority of research studies can be reviewed through an "expedited review." Such reviews are conducted each week during the Fall and Spring semester, and generally require one week or longer, depending on staff availability and workload.

Convened Board Review

Researchers submitting protocols that will require review by the convened board (studies posing risk to participants, for example) should email their protocol documents to irb@richmond.edu no later than 5:00 p.m. on the Tuesday preceding a scheduled meeting. See the 2020-2021 schedule below for the dates and times of meetings.

Limited Review

Some projects that involve human participants, such as projects designed for educational purposes rather than research purposes, can be reviewed through "limited review." Such reviews are conducted each week during the Fall and Spring semester, and generally require one week or longer, depending on staff availability and workload.

Investigators who require IRB review during the summer should contact the IRB office directly.

Academic Year 2021-2022 IRB Meetings and Deadlines

IRB Meeting Date

Protocol Due to IRB Date

August 11, 2021 August 4, 2021
September 8, 2021 September 1, 2021
October 13, 2021 October 6, 2021
November 10, 2021 November 3, 2021
December 8, 2021 December 1, 2021
January 2022 TBD January 2022 TBD
February 2022 TBD February 2022 TBD
March 2022 TBD March 2022 TBD
April 2022 TBD April 2022 TBD
May 2022 TBD
(Last meeting of the academic year)
May 2022 TBD

Please note that protocols are generally reviewed in the order in which they are received. Researchers conducting studies requiring review by the convened IRB who submit early are very likely to have their protocol reviewed at the IRB's meeting. Proposed studies submitted shortly before or after the deadline may end up at the end of the meeting agenda and run the risk of being deferred until a later meeting. Protocols that are submitted after the deadline may not be reviewed until the next scheduled meeting of the IRB.