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How to Apply for IRB Review

  1. If this is your first research project at Shepherd, complete the NIH Office of Extramural Research training course. Retain an electronic copy of the certificate.
  2. Obtain the Shepherd IRB Application Coversheet, the Shepherd IRB Application, and the Shepherd IRB Policy Manual, read the IRB Policy Manual, and then create and submit a complete IRB application package electronically to the IRB chair. Please note that the Coversheet is a fillable PDF document. Some PDF readers (most notably Preview on the Mac, but this is also true of Adobe software) don’t always handle these files well.
  3. A complete IRB application package will include:
    • the Shepherd IRB Coversheet;
    • the Shepherd IRB Application containing your responses to all items in the form;
    • a copy of the Informed Consent form to be used;
    • copies of any measurement instruments to be used;
    • copies of any participant recruiting advertisements (if used);
    • any other forms or information that will be shared with participants;
    • a copy of your NIH training course certificate;
    • a copy of your Faculty Sponsor’s NIH training course certificate (if you are a student PI).
  4. The IRB is in session between September and May of each year, and meets at noon on the first Friday of each of those months to consider applications requiring a full review. Your application materials must be received by the chair of the IRB at least 10 business days before a meeting to be considered at that meeting: the meeting schedule and submission deadlines for the current year can be found at the IRB Calendar.