Committee & Meeting Info

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is appointed by the President as one of the standing committees of Iowa State University (ISU). The IRB has the authority to approve, require modifications, or disapprove all human subject research activities at ISU.

The authority of the IRB is derived from the federal regulations and ISU's federal wide assurance (FWA) with the Department of Health and Human Services. Federal regulations and the FWA require that the institutional official (IO) appoint the IRB members; the Vice President for Research is the IO for Iowa State University.

The committee is required to have at least five members. Membership should include persons knowledgeable in the areas of research conducted at ISU. There should be at least one member in a scientific area, one in a nonscientific area, and one who is not affiliated with the University, nor an immediate family member of a person affiliated with the University.

IRB Meeting Schedule and Application Submission Deadlines

Regular meetings of the IRB are normally held on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. Material for review at a full committee meeting must be submitted two full weeks in advance of the meeting.

Please note: The application due date applies only to applications for research that must be reviewed by the convened IRB. The two-week period is needed to prepare applications for the board and ensure IRB members have sufficient time for review. Applications for exempt research or research that will be reviewed by an IRB Chair (i.e., “expedited review”) do not have submission deadlines; instead, these applications are placed in a queue for review in the order received.

Location and Time

Meeting Date

Application Due Date

Location:   2420 Lincoln Way

                  Kingland Building

                  Suite 202

                  Virtual Meeting until further notice

Time:         2:00 – 5:00 PM

November 17, 2020November 3, 2020

December 3, 2020* 

November 17, 2020
December 15, 2020December 2, 2020
January 5, 2021  (Canceled)* 
January 19, 2021January 5, 2021

*Changes in this schedule also sometimes occur due to members' absences, particularly during the summer and University holidays and breaks.


IRB meetings are scheduled for December 3, December 15, and January 19. Submission deadlines are two weeks prior to the meeting.

Note: If IRB approval of your study will lapse between December 15, 2020 and January 19, 2021, please submit your application by December 2. This will allow us time to include it on the December 15 IRB meeting agenda, if full board review is necessary. Please note that review on December 15 does not guarantee approval. We recommend that researchers submit continuing review applications well before December 2 to allow adequate time for IRB review.

Investigators may submit completed applications in IRBManager any time during the break. These applications will be processed for review after ORE reopens on January 4, 2021.