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.
Institutional Review Board
At Grinnell College numerous research opportunities are available for both faculty and students in a variety of departments. This research ranges from field studies at CERA to online surveys or laboratory work. Growing federal guidelines and regulations for research necessitate increased awareness of the ethical implications and considerations when undertaking a research project.
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.