Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) are responsible for reviewing the scientific, legal, and ethical merits of a human subjects research protocol before the research starts and while the research is ongoing. Federal regulations require all institutions that receive federal funds for human subjects research to have at least one IRB.
Here at Georgia Tech, there are two IRBs:
- Georgia Tech (Central) IRB reviews most human subjects research activities
- Joint Center for Advanced Brain Imaging (CABI) IRB reviews research activities of the CABI, which is a joint collaboration between Georgia State University and Georgia Tech
Both IRBs have the authority to approve, require modifications in, or disapprove all research activities that fall within their jurisdictions as specified by both federal regulations and Georgia Tech policies and procedures.
Resources are available here at the university to help researchers understand and comply with federal requirements for human subjects research. Information on required training, informed consent, payments to subjects, reporting violations, and much more is available on these pages and applies to research involving both IRBs. The Office of Research Integrity Assurance (ORIA) provides support to researchers and to the IRBs to ensure that all research complies with federal regulations.
Contact the IRB team at ORIA for guidance and assistance.