Institutional Review Board (IRB) Guidelines
Do I need INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD (IRB) approval for my research project?
1. Complete CITI Training, including the Human Subjects Research module!
2. Discuss IRB approval with your faculty mentor!
- If you are planning to conduct research that involves human subjects, you must seek
IRB approval prior to data collection.
Examples of research with human subjects:
➢ Conducting interviews
➢ Administering surveys
➢ Analyzing identifiable, private information (e.g. medical records)
➢ Observing behavior (e.g. of students, children, teachers)
- If you and/or your mentor are not sure whether your research project requires IRB
approval, contact irbFREEMississippi for clarification.
How do I apply for IRB approval?
Visit the Southern Miss IRB page for more information.
How long does it usually take the IRB to review and approve my application?
Usually, the IRB will need approximately a month to review your application once it has been approved by the School Director (workflow: researcher submits ➔ school director approves ➔ IRB reviews and makes
decision); if changes are needed and/or additional information is requested, the review
process will take longer.
- It is imperative that you initiate the application process as soon as you have developed
your research protocol and have obtained approval from your faculty mentor.
- You should ensure that you provide the IRB with all requested information and address
all concerns. It pays to prepare a thorough application!
- Beginning to collect data BEFORE IRB approval has been granted is a violation of federal law and may prevent approval of your research project.