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Human Subjects Research

The Protection of Human Subjects is based on U.S. federal law and key principles defined in the Belmont Report.   The TCU Institutional Review Board (“IRB”) oversees human subjects research at TCU and plays a key role in promoting adherence to ethical principles, professional standards, and applicable law related to human subjects research. The IRB reports to the Associate Provost of Research.

The IRB develops standards and reviews proposed projects to ensure compliance with TCU policy related to provisions for health, welfare, privacy, dignity and human concerns in research involving human subjects.  Areas of concern include health, welfare, privacy, dignity and human concerns when research involves human subjects.  See the IRB Policies, Procedures and Forms for information about protocol review and approval.

Submission Deadlines

There are no submission deadlines for exempt and expedited IRB applications. Rather, exempt/expedited reviews occur on a rolling basis by submitting documentation to IRBFacultySubmit@tcu.edu. Full committee applications are reviewed monthly.  The IRB only meets once during the summer.

Grant proposals that include human subjects research must have IRB approval prior to funding.  Principal Investigators are advised to submit protocols to the IRB as soon as a fundability notice is received from the grantor or, in the case of internal grants, when the proposal is submitted.