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Human Subjects Research

The University of Connecticut (UConn)-Storrs Institutional Review Board (IRB) is responsible for the review of all human subjects research conducted at or by the UConn-Storrs campus, the four regional campuses, the School of Law and the School of Social Work.

The IRB seeks to create a collaborative relationship with the research community to assure that research with human subjects is conducted in accordance with legal requirements and ethical principles of Respect for Persons, Beneficence and Justice. These principles require the balancing of risks to subjects against the scientific knowledge to be gained and the potential benefits to subjects and society.

The IRB also focuses on the informed consent process to assure that subject participation in research is voluntary.

IRB Meeting Dates & Deadlines

Only higher risk studies are reviewed by the Full IRB at a meeting. The deadlines only apply to those studies. Minimal risk studies can be submitted to the IRB office at any time. For questions regarding the risk-level of a study contact the IRB office.

Deadlines for electronic submissions are 4:30 PM.

Please note: If you are making an electronic submission, you must complete your department’s internal review process by the 4:30PM deadlines.

Deadlines for IRB Meeting Protocol Submissions Meeting Dates
Thursday, November 29, 2018 Thursday, December 20, 2018
Thursday, December 13, 2018 Thursday, January 10, 2019
Thursday, January 10, 2019 Thursday, January 31, 2019
Thursday, January 31, 2019 Thursday, February 21, 2019
Thursday, February 21, 2019 Thursday, March 14,  2019
Thursday, March 14, 2019 Thursday, April 4, 2019
Thursday, April 4, 2019 Thursday April 25, 2019
Thursday, April 25, 2019 Thursday, May 16, 2019
Thursday, May 16, 2019 Thursday, June 6, 2019

IRB Help Sessions

  1. If you need help with an IRB protocol application, call us and make an appointment. We can no longer offer Drop-in Help or accommodate people who just stop by.
  2. Before you can make an appointment, please attend a group IRB Help Session.  Many of your questions may be covered during this session.
  3. Group IRB-Help Sessions will answer your basic questions and give you tips about the IRB Application forms, Amendments, Consent Forms, Site Permission letters, Interview Guides, etc.

All IRB Help Sessions are held in Whetten Graduate Center, Giolas Conference Room (second floor). Each session will last one hour.  Spring 2018 IRB Help Session dates are as follows:

Monday, October 22, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.
Monday, November 5, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, December 13, 2018  11:00 a.m. The December 13th session is cancelled.  We apologize for this short notice and inconvenience.  Please contact Doug Bradway at 860.486.0986 for assistance.  Thank you.


The responsibility of the UConn-Storrs IRB is to work with the University research community to help make sure that human subjects engaged in research are:treated with dignity;adequately protected from risk of harm; and,voluntarily give informed consent to participate in research.

The IRB also follows the ethical principals found in the Belmont Report  and codified in “The Common Rule” set out in 45 CFR 46, subpart A. It also follows subparts B-D of 45 CFR 46.

Before any work may begin on a research protocol, the IRB must review and approve the research. The IRB also reviews ongoing research at least annually to help investigators ensure the continued protection of subjects. In addition, the IRB reviews all changes to research protocols before implementation. In accordance with federal regulations, the IRB has the authority to suspend or terminate approval of research that is not being conducted in accordance with the IRB’s decisions, conditions, and requirements, or that has been associated with unexpected serious harm to subjects.