Approval Timelines and IRB Process | Office of Research Compliance | Kent State University

Approval Timelines and IRB Process

The IRB application submission and approval process requires collaboration among the investigator, IRB members and the ORC.  

IRB applications requiring full board review should be submitted to the ORC by a discipline specific reviewer no later than 10 working days before an IRB meeting. We cannot guarantee review by a particular committee, regardless of the submission date. Assignment of new submissions to an IRB meeting agenda can depend on the nature of the research and the number of studies already assigned to that Board. Should you have a request, contact the ORC at and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Review of level I/exempt and level II/expedited research is ongoing. There are no deadlines for initial reviews and investigators are not required to attend IRB meetings.

Many questions about the process can be answered in this Video Overview of the IRB process

Submit applications via email to one discipline specific IRB reviewer for an initial review. Exempt applications may be submitted directly to the Office of Research Compliance. If your discipline does not a have a reviewer, please contact the Office of Research Compliance at

  • IRB approval typically takes between two (2) and six (6) weeks, so we encourage researchers to plan accordingly.
  • Protocols that are highly complex, or are submitted with missing information and/or unanswered questions, may take longer to process.
  • Applications must be completed electronically; hand-written applications will not be accepted.
  • Applications submitted on old forms will not be accepted.

When planning your project, please consider the annual IRB and Office of Research Compliance workload shown below. Review and approval timelines may be affected by the total number of submissions received by the IRB.