Institutional Review Board

UPDATE: The Final Rule has been delayed until July 19, 2018.  Click here to read more on the upcoming changes to the Common Rule which guides human subjects research and what it means for Georgia Tech research teams. 

An Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a federally mandated panel that is charged with safeguarding the rights and welfare of human subjects in research.  At Georgia Tech, the Central IRB reviews most human subject research activities, while the 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. 

IRB approval is required in advance for all research projects that include human subjects, regardless of funding source and regardless of whether the project is a subgrant or subcontract to or from another institution. Submit research protocols via IRBWISE. Contact the IRB team at Georgia Tech's Office of Research Integrity Assurance (ORIA) for guidance and assistance, or if you have questions about whether a study protocol requires IRB review.

The IRBs are supported by ORIA, which reports to the Vice President for Research. This office maintains the university's Federalwide Assurance (FWA 00001731) and Registrations with the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) in the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This Federalwide Assurance and all IRB policies and procedures apply to all Georgia Tech faculty, staff, and students.

ORIA provides administrative support to the IRBs in addition to the following services:

  • Facilitates ethical conduct of research through advance and continuing protocol review, monitoring, and reporting
  • Convenes regular meetings for the review of proposed and continuing research
  • Provides educational programs for faculty, staff, and students
  • Oversees the development and implementation of policies, procedures, and educational programs that satisfy the many regulations governing the conduct of research involving human subjects