Institutional Review Board

Preparing and Submitting Proposals to the IRB


Any teaching or research that involves human subjects conducted by Wofford faculty, staff, or students, whether funded or unfunded which falls into one of the categories of potential risk and/or is not exempt must be reviewed by the IRB.

Funded Research

For all funded research involving human subjects, the Chair of the IRB will be responsible for coordinating the submission of required documentation to the IRB for review at its next scheduled meeting. The principal investigator must submit the original Submission Form and one copy of the IRB Protocol, including all consent forms and research instruments (questionnaires, interviews, etc.) to the IRB Chair for review and action. The principal investigator must include XX additional copies of the Submission Form and the IRB Protocol, which the Chair will distribute to the other IRB members and place in permanent files.

Upon receipt of all required paperwork, the Chair will log the IRB submission, assign a protocol number, review it for completeness, and forward all copies to the IRB members. Insufficient information may delay processing and IRB approval.

The IRB Chair or the Chair's designee will determine if the research can be reviewed through expedited review.

Once IRB approval is granted, the IRB Chair will notify the principal investigator and the appropriate agency. The principal investigator will have 60 days after submission of the grant proposal to a federal funding agency to obtain IRB approval.

Unfunded Research

The principal investigator will be responsible for completing the IRB Submission Form and Protocol for all unfunded research or teaching involving human subjects to the Chair of the IRB. In addition, one copy of all research instruments to be used in the study (questionnaires, interviews, surveys, etc.) must be sumitted to the Chair of the IRB. The Chair is responsible for reviewing this documentation and determining if the research warrants review by the complete IRB or if an expedited review is possible. The Chair will log receipt of the IRB Submission Form and Protocol and its disposition. If it is determined that the research must be reviewed by the complete IRB, the principal investigator will be directed to submit xx copies of the completed and signed submission form and copies of the protocol and consent forms to the Chair of the IRB.

Upon receipt of all required paperwork, the Chair of the IRB will log the IRB submission, assign a protocol number, review it for completeness, and forward all copies to the IRB members. Insufficient information may delay processing and IRB approval.

After IRB approval is given, the Chair will notify the principal investigator.

The IRB will conduct continuing review of all research, funded or unfunded, in accordance with the policies and procedures outlined in this manual at intervals appropriate to the degree of risk, but not less than once per year for the life of the project.


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