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For IRB Members

IRB Dates and Deadlines

Submissions Due: 1st business day of each month

Meetings: 3rd Thursday of each month (Note: dates subject to change due to holiday closures)

Researchers can upon request attend their study’s review at the meeting to answer questions, but will be asked to leave before the discussion. ​​​​​​​

Applications are placed on a meeting agenda after HRPP staff and the IRB Chair have assessed them, to ensure that they are clear and contain all necessary information. This is called the pre-review screening process.

For questions, please contact

What is the IRB?

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is an administrative body that functions within the Human Subjects Protection Program, established to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects recruited to participate in research activities conducted under the auspices of the institution with which it is affiliated.​​​​​​​

The IRB is charged with the responsibility of reviewing all research (whether funded or not) involving human participants. The IRB is concerned with protecting the welfare, rights, and privacy of human subjects. The IRB has the authority to approve, disapprove, monitor, and require modifications in all research activities that fall within its jurisdiction as specified by both the federal regulations and institutional policy. The Board at UT, Knoxville includes faculty representatives, community members, and subject matter experts both from within and outside the university.