Calendar for Submission & Review

HSRRC reviews approximately 200 proposals annually.

Each proposal is evaluated using a specific process, and must be reviewed by several people. The committee then discusses these reviews and renders the decisions. Often, proposals must be revised and re-reviewed. Given the limits on time and resources, the committee will prioritize the order in which specific types of proposals are evaluated, and adhere to a schedule to manage this workload. The committee has agreed to review proposals in the following order:

  1. Student proposals associated with current classes 
  2. Student research proposals—current/time-sensitive projects
  3. Classroom protocols 
  4. Student summer and study abroad research—less time-sensitive 
  5. Untenured faculty research proposals 
  6. Tenured faculty research proposals 
  7. Institutional Research 
  8. Research conducted by, or on behalf of, outside agencies 

Proposals must be received in digital form at least two weeks prior to a committee meeting to receive review.  Submit proposals to

Fall 2020 meeting schedule

Wednesday, October 7
Wednesday November 4
Wednesday, December 2

Spring 2021 meeting schedule

Thursday, February 11
Thursday, April 1
Tuesday, May 4

Investigators will receive a response once their proposal has been reviewed. If it is not approved, the IRB  will contact you indicating what needs to be done.  Please make sure you answer all questions on the Approval Request to avoid delay.

The office will close for the summer on June 1, 2021, and reopen on September 8, 2021.