Institutional Review Board
Grinnell’s IRB reviews proposed research projects that use human research participants. Any faculty, staff, or student conducting research on humans, even with minimal risk, needs to submit a proposal of the research project to the IRB. Electronic submission of proposals is expected; the form and well-written project description are emailed to irb[at]grinnell[dot]edu. Please allow up to 10 days for a new submission to be reviewed and a decision rendered.
The purpose of the Grinnell College Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to assure compliance with defined federal regulations (i.e., 45 CFR Part 46) and college policies for research conducted with human participants. Specifically, the IRB is charged to 1) assure that faculty, staff, and students meet specific ethical standards in all research that involves human participants, and 2) document compliance with the federal regulations.