Welcome to the Providence College Institutional Review Board (IRB). We have developed this online resource to help you understand the application and review process regarding research projects involving human participants.
Please use our online forms in order to submit your research application or supplemental information to our IRB. You can find each form by clicking on the online forms link on the left hand side of the page.
If your application is classified as a full review document, it must be evaluated at a monthly IRB meeting. After we meet to discuss your full application, we document our deliberations and prepare our response. We usually need one week (after our meeting) to do so.
If your application is not classified as a full review document, it is evaluated on a rolling basis. In other words, there is no deadline for such applications. After we receive your exempt or expedited application, we usually need two weeks to evaluate your material and to prepare our response.
In addition, please keep in mind that each investigator must complete the required CITI program course before submitting an application.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. Please keep in mind that we never treat general correspondence or verbal conversations as formal submissions. Only formal submissions, using our online forms, are considered IRB submissions.
The IRB evaluates each full review application on the third Wednesday of every month. Furthermore, IRB members need two weeks to review each complete application before the IRB evaluates it.
Thus, we must receive your full review application no later than the first Wednesday of any month in order to evaluate it on the third Wednesday, i.e. two weeks later.