If you are submitting an IRB application please read the following careful and find application and submittal procedures at the bottom of this page.


Institutional Review Board (IRB) Mission Statement

The IRB reviews all research proposed involving human subjects, including use of data and tissues. The Board has as its mission ensuring that such research fulfills these primary criteria: 
There must be adequate informed consent documentation which acknowledges potential risks, AND it must justify the risks to the subjects.

These guidelines derive from a document known as the “Belmont Report” a landmark document produced by the US Federal Department of Health and Human Services. It originated in 1974 and was updated in 1998. 

In order to fulfill this mission, we must have a broad understanding of the research and a detailed understanding of the potential risks, benefits, and protections of human subjects and data collected involving human subjects. 

Modifications in study designs may be required to minimize risks to subjects, and/or to ensure informed consent, and/or to increase the “worthwhile-ness” of the study or data collection to justify potential risk. 

One way to assist in this is to require completion of a course acceptable by NIH standards for all PIs involved in human research. For a sample course offered by the National Cancer Institute, please click here . 

This is the NIH training archive website: It contains much useful training given on varied research-related topics, including protection of human subjects.

Do you qualify for an Expedited Review?
Expedited review can be granted by less than a quorum of reviewing members (minimum three), under specific circumstances. A decision will be provided within 2 weeks of submission if ALL of the following criteria are met:

  1. The PI must request expedited review.
  2. If the PI is a student; the faculty adviser must sign off on the proposal and submit for the student.
  3. There must be evidence that the PI has completed a course in Human Subjects Protections . Such course must be acceptable for NIH standards.
  4. Risk to patients/participants must be nil or minimal.
  5. There must be no contact with patients directly if in a medical setting; project must involve document review only.
  6. There must be no collection of protected/sensitive data.
  7. Application must be submitted electronically to tuc.gsoeirb@tu.edu

Effective July 1, 2007

If any of the above criteria are not met; full board review is required. The full board usually meets on the first Friday of the month; again, deadline for submission is the 15th of the month for the next meeting. 



Forms should be submitted electronically with IRB in the subject line to tuc.gsoeirb@tu.edu. Faculty advisors must review all student forms and submit the IRB application for the student. The IRB usually meets the first Friday of the month; the submission deadline is the 15th of the month prior to the IRB next meeting.

We suggest you also review the IRB Review Form to be sure you have answered the issues we typically review. 

Click on the tab below to download the IRB Application

IRB Application