Submission Timeline

Submissions are reviewed on a first come-first serve basis. The number of submissions we receive at any given time may vary significantly and can affect review time. Also, the quality and completeness of your submission will affect review time. Investigators should always plan and submit well in advance to prevent any delays in your project.

Exempt/Expedited Reviews

Protocols determined to require exempt or expedited review are generally responded to within 10 business days. The first response you receive from the IRB Coordinator may not be an approval. It will likely be a request to provide further information before an official determination can be made.

Read through our pre-submission guidance documents to help avoid common mistakes that may delay the approval of your protocol.

Full Board Review

Submissions that require full board review will undergo an administrative pre-review before they will be scheduled for full board review. The pre-review will be conducted within 10 business days. If no changes are required, the submission will be scheduled for the next available board meeting. If changes are required, the results of the pre-review will be communicated through eRA. The response to the pre-review will be reviewed within 10 business days.

Submissions that are board-ready will be scheduled for the next available board meeting until the agenda close date is reached. After the agenda close date, the next available meeting will be the following month. These dates only apply to full board review.

Submission Deadlines

Panel 1: Social/Behavioral Research
Panel 2: Biomedical Research


Panel 1
Agenda Close Date 

Panel 2
Agenda Close Date

January 2016 12/28/15 1/14/16
Februrary 1/25/16 2/11/16
March 2/29/16 3/3/16
April 3/28/16 4/14/16
May 4/25/16 5/12/16
June 5/30/16 6/9/16
July 7/5/16 7/20/16
August 8/1/16 8/17/16
September 9/5/16 9/14/16
October 10/3/16 10/19/16
November 11/7/16 11/9/16
December 12/5/16 12/7/16