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IRB Application Submission: Resources and Guidance

Institutional Review Board

The Texas State Institutional Review Board (IRB) is charged with overseeing and evaluating all research involving human subjects. Use of human subjects by Texas State University faculty, staff, and students MUST be covered by a current protocol approval (or exemption) from the IRB.

If you are submitting your application for Expedited or Full IRB review, please save yourself time and trouble by preparing it according to the instructions. If your application does not contain the required elements, it will be returned for corrections instead of being forwarded for review. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Szende Szabo Smith at 512-245-2314.

Best Practices

To ensure your application will be reviewed and approved without delay:

  • See if your project qualifies for Exemption before you submit an IRB Application.
  • Download and read the Instructions if you are doing an IRB Application.
  • Make sure an application is actually required. If you aren't certain, ask.
  • Submit an IRB Inquiry Form if you have questions about an application in review.
  • If you are doing an IRB Application, complete CITI training first.
  • Submit your application as far in advance as possible.
  • Use the required templates, follow the instructions exactly, submit all the required documents.
  • Provide complete responses to IRB requests for revisions.