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Institutional Review Board: The University of Baltimore has established the Institutional Review Board (IRB) in compliance with federal regulations governing research involving human subjects funded by the US government. All research involving human subjects conducted by faculty, staff or students at the University must comply with the federal regulations set forth in 45 CFR 46.

The primary purpose of the IRB is to assure the protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects, that is, those who volunteer to participate in any kind of research study or survey conducted by UB investigators. This includes the protection of private and/or confidential information, which the individual can reasonably expect will not be made public without their consent. Special considerations and additional protections are considered when the research involves vulnerable populations, such as prisoners, children, pregnant women, human fetuses and the cognitively impaired.

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  • Documents and Forms

    Investigators should ensure that a copy of the survey instrument or research protocol is included with their application in order for it to be considered for IRB review and approval.

    IRB Application and Exempt Checklist -- required for ALL IRB requests
    Suggested Consent Form Template
    OHRP Tips on Informed Consent
    Additional sample consent language for survey-based research can be found here

  • Training

    o Through a partnership with the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), UB staff, faculty and students can now access on-line training for human subjects research in social science and responsible conduct of research (RCR), among others at no cost to you. Training modules can be accessed through the nationally recognized CITI Program at When you register as a user, select UMBC as your institution by typing “University of Maryland, Baltimore County” in the “Select Your Organization Affiliation” field. Upon completion of any of the training modules, you will receive a certificate that you can print or save as pdf. Those working on research projects submitted to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for approval are encouraged to complete the human subjects research module and submit their certificate along with their application. Those working on NSF-funded research will be required to provide evidence of RCR training before employment contracts are processed by HR. For questions about on-line research training, please contact Margarita M. Cardona, Director, Sponsored Research & Faculty Development at ext. 6191 or

    Responsible Conduct in Human Subjects Research
    Responsible Conduct of Research Training and Oversight Plan

  • Submission

    IRB applications and any relevant supporting documentation (consent form, survey instrument, training certificate, etc.) should be submitted to:

    IRB Coordinator
    University of Baltimore
    Office of the Provost
    1420 N. Charles Street, AC 209
    Baltimore, MD 21201


  • IRB Review Timelines

    Investigators (faculty, staff, librarians and students) should allow ample time for review of their IRB applications before commencing work on a research project. The timelines below are provided as an estimate only. The Board meets as frequently as necessary to allow for thorough and timely review of protocols and research projects.

    • Renewals, Modifications, Exempt Protocols – 2 weeks
    • Expedited Review – 3 weeks
    • Full IRB Review – 5 weeks


  • Current Members (Academic Year 2016-17)

    • Ann Cotten, DPA, CPA, Director, Schaefer Center for Public Policy (Chair)
    • Kathryn Summers, PhD, Associate Professor, Division of Science, Information Arts and Technologies (Vice Chair)
    • Edward R. Kemery, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Management and International Business
    • John J. Donahue, PsyD, Associate Professor, Division of Applied Behavioral Sciences
    • Jennifer Mange, Planning Coordinator, Enoch Pratt Free Library (External Member)
    • Sezgin Ayabakan, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Public and International Affairs
    • Gregory Dolin, MD, JD, Associate Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Center for Medicine and Law (Alternate Member)
    • Michele Nethercott, JD, UB Innocence Project Clinic Director & MD Office of Public Defender (Ad hoc Prisoner Representative)
    • Office of Sponsored Research (Non-voting - Coordinator & Secretary)


Last Published 3/8/17