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.