Institutional Review Board

All research and scholarship, whether funded or unfunded, that involves humans must be approved by the institutional review board (IRB) prior to the initiating recruitment of subjects and data collection.

The IRB is a federally mandated committee that provides oversight for all research involving human subjects. The IRB is composed of Georgia Southern University faculty and staff of both scientific and non-scientific areas and members from the community. The Board is charged with reviewing all research conducted by students, faculty and staff, which involves humans as research subjects. Research involving humans as subjects cannot occur without first obtaining IRB approval.

The Institutional Review Board may also assist investigators in designing their research proposal to meet federal regulations. A Policy and Procedures Manual and training modules are available to learn about the IRB and its guidelines.

To learn more about the IRB process, please see the IRB Application Process.

Check your IRB status here.

IRB Deadlines

Georgia Southern to Co-host: a Research Community Forum in Augusta, GA – July 18 – 19, 2017

Join OHRP staff at a Research Community Forum called “Navigating a River of Change: Bringing Research Up to Par” in Augusta, GA, July 18-19, 2017. Augusta University’s Institutional Review Board is hosting a Research Community Forum on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 18-19, 2017, at the Augusta Marriott Hotel in Augusta, GA. Co-sponsors of the event are OHRP-DHHS, the University of Georgia, Georgia Southern University, Georgia State University, and Emory University.

The workshop will feature interactive presentations by the federal Office for Human Research Protections staff on a range of topics related to the HHS regulations, including discussion of the revised Common Rule. The conference will include break-out sessions covering a variety of research topics such as central IRBs and related issues, genetics research, online consent, and reporting concerns. Connect with human research professionals from across the country and learn about the regulations directly from OHRP staff—don’t miss out!

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Last updated: 4/27/2017

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