IRB Approval

Obtaining IRB Approval

It is the responsibility of the Principal Investigator (lead researcher) of a research project to obtain IRB approvals for the project before the project can begin.  Extramural funding awarded to support the research project typically will not be released until the IRB approvals have been obtained.  Please note that some funding agencies also require evidence of IRB approval for a proposed project as the last step in the review process, and notification of this requirement must be met often comes with little lead time.  For these reasons, it is not a good idea to wait until the last minute to submit an IRB proposal for review; the IRB review process takes time, and modifications may be required before IRB approval is given.  In addition, approval is contingent upon all project personnel having completed the online Human Research Tutorial.  Allowing ample lead time to obtain IRB approval for your research project is important. 

Detailed information about the protocol submission process, deadlines, forms, tutorials required, levels of review, approvals, and FAQs is available:

HUMAN SUBJECTS/Human Research Protections Program

Inquiries or submissions, please contact the Social Behavioral "C" Committee in the following order:

IRB "C" Analyst
R&GS-Research Administration
5171 California Ave., Suite 150 Irvine, CA 92697-7600
(949) 824-6662 

IRB "C" Analyst
(949) 824-7114

IRB "C" Administrator
(949) 824-4779

IRB "C" Vice Chair
Associate Professor, Psychology & Social Behavior
4308 Social & Behavioral Sciences
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-7085
(949) 824-4075