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Institutional Review Board (IRB): Get Started with IRB

NCU Summer Closure Notice

Greetings! The IRB will be closing on June 25, 2021 at 12pm PT for the NCU Summer Closure. NCU Summer Closure dates: June 28, 2021 through July 5, 2021. Please plan on submitting your IRB Application on or before June 11, 2021 if you plan on obtaining IRB Approval before the Summer Closure. Applications will not be reviewed until the IRB returns to the office on July 6, 2021. However, you may still work on your application during this time.

Contact the IRB

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  • Mondays at 8-9am PT
  • Tuesdays at 1:30-2pm PT
  • Wednesdays at 2:30-3pm PT
  • Thursdays at 1-2pm PT
  • Fridays at 2-2:30pm PT

Quick Links

IRBManager. Links to IRBManager platform

CITI Program

Getting Started

There are several steps students can take to prepare for the IRB process. These steps are described below.

graphic for student preparation for IRB process. Steps described below

Step 1: Complete CITI training

Primary researchers must complete online training through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) program. For assistance, please see our CITI instructions page.

Step 2: Consider the feasibility of your study

As you develop your dissertation, ask yourself these questions to consider the gatekeepers involve in your study, the possible risks, the benefits of the study, permissions, and potential challenges:

  • Is your recruitment plan clear?
  • How will you obtain the data you want to use?
  • Will you be able to accurately portray and understand what your participants/data had to say?
  • Are the data analyses well-developed?
  • Will you be able to collect data that your propose?

Use the following document to consider the feasibility of your study design:

Feasibility and benefits chart. Text description above image


Step 4: Use IRB services

If you have questions about the IRB process or are experiencing technical issues with IRBManager, you can attend weekly Open Office Hours for support. No registration is necessary.

To learn about writing/revising your IRB application, you can register to attend weekly Group Sessions  or register for IRB Document Review.

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