Meeting and Decision Dates
Proposal Approved: an “approval” decision means you can begin conducting your research and collecting data that involves human subjects.
Minor Revisions Required: a “minor revisions required” decision means that your materials are largely in order, but there are a few minor issues that need to be addressed before final approval can be given. A proposal that requires minor revisions can be reviewed, and a decision rendered, immediately upon resubmission. Resubmissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and directly to the chair of the IRB.
Major Revisions Required: a “major revisions required” decision means that the proposal requires substantive revisions before it can be approved. Often proposals receiving this decision are incomplete and missing important documents necessary for review. A resubmission that receives a second decision of “major revisions required” will be denied and you will have to begin the submission process anew. A proposal that requires major revisions must be reviewed at the next (or a future) IRB meeting. Resubmissions should be sent to email@example.com.
Proposal Denied: a “denial” decision means your proposal does not meet the federal standards required for research involving human subjects.