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Due Dates IRB Protocols Requiring Convened Review

February 3, 2014
March 3, 2014
April 7, 2014

Exempt and Expedited Protocols Accepted At Any Time


IRB PROTOCOL DUE DATES FOR  2014 Spring Semester

NOTE:  All researchers/investigators who submit a research protocol to the IRB must complete the required IRB CITI Training course and provide documentation.  To learn more about this required course, please visit the CITI Course in the Protection of Human Research Subjects website through the IRB website at:

CITI course completion certificate must be submitted with the protocol application.  Protocol applications submitted without the attached certification will not be reviewed.

 Any faculty, staff, or student proposing to involve human subjects in research is required to have a protocol reviewed and approved by the MSU Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research prior to conducting the research.  The IRB’s policies and forms are available online along with helpful advice about the review process.  To view the IRB handbook and forms, go to:

In addition, researchers/investigators are strongly encouraged to discuss their protocol application with a member of the committee, which should facilitate timely protocol preparation and review.  If you would like to participate in the IRB Mentoring Program prior to protocol submission, please contact Dr. Samuel Faulkner, 

The IRB reviews three types of protocols:  Exempt, Expedited, and Convened Review protocols.  To submit a protocol that may qualify as Exempt, complete the Request for Exemption from Federal Regulations application form.  If the protocol may qualify as Expedited or Convened Review, complete the Application for Expedited or Convened Review.  For guidance on which type of protocol to submit, please consider participating in the IRB Mentoring Program or view the IRB website for more information.


The IRB accepts Requests for Exemption at any time and reviews the protocols promptly upon receipt.  Protocols that qualify as Expedited can also be submitted at any time, and are reviewed promptly upon receipt

February 3, 2014 = Convened Review (Exempt and Expedited accepted at any time)

March 3, 2014 = Convened Review (Exempt and Expedited accepted at any time)

April 7, 2014 = Convened Review (Exempt and Expedited accepted at any time) 

Researchers/investigators submitting a protocol requiring Convened review can expect a review response from the IRB within four weeks from the date of the protocol submission.  Protocols that involve special populations (e.g., prisoners) or require general counsel review may require a more lengthy review.  Additionally, the review process will be delayed if protocols are incomplete or include elements not clearly in compliance with federal regulations.

Number of copies of completed Protocol Application and CITI Training Documentation required:

Exempt – 2 copies
Expedited – 2 copies
Convened Review – 10 copies