Review Process

For a complete description of the Review Process see our policies and procedures (login required).

The IRB review process at Grinnell College is designed to be quick and easy for most users. First, please note that completion of an ethics training module is required before initiating any research with human subjects. A link to the online ethics training module is provided on the Resources page. Alternatively, you can reach the ethics training module from within Pioneer Web by clicking the “Community” tab and then locating the “IRB – Ethics Training” link.

For student projects, the next step is for the supervising faculty member to determine whether the project needs to be submitted for IRB review. Many class projects do not need to be reviewed by the IRB because they do not meet the formal definition of research with human subjects requiring IRB review, according to federal regulations.

Generally, student MAP projects and faculty research projects do require IRB review if they involve human subjects. You will receive an email copy of the completed form as confirmation that it was submitted successfully. Please complete the IRB proposal form (login required).

Proposals eligible for exempt status or expeditious review are reviewed by one member of the IRB, and a decision is typically reached within 7-10 days. Projects that involve sensitive topics, focus on vulnerable populations, or pose greater than minimal risks to the participants will require full board review. The IRB meets twice monthly (currently the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month) to conduct full board reviews as necessary, so decisions on proposals that do require full board review may not be immediate and researchers should plan accordingly.