IRB Application Procedure

IRB Applications must be submitted through Niner Research

New researchers (e.g., students) or researchers new to UNC Charlotte should review the Guidelines for Research information before submitting an online application

​IRB review times will vary based on the level of IRB review required (Exempt, Expedited, Full). The Things You Need to Know page provides guidance regarding review times. In addition, the following timeframes are provided as guidance:

Proposed Research StartSubmit for IRB Review
Spring Semester (starting in January)Early October
Spring Semester (starting before the end of the semester)Early January
Summer Session ILate March
Summer Session IILate April
Fall Semester (starting in August)Late June
Fall Semester (starting before the end of the semester)Early September

Research involving Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) requires school-district review in addition to IRB review prior to the research occurring.

Important Note:

Research with human subjects requires IRB approval before the research begins. Research activities should not begin until IRB approval is obtained. Once the research is approved by the IRB, the protocol should remain open/active through data analysis.

Different Types of IRB Review

  • Exempt determination (i.e, exempt from a higher level of review),
    • Timeline: 7-14 days
  • Exempt determination requiring Limited Review
    • Timeline: 10-20 days
  • Expedited review by the Committee (i.e., review by one or more members), or
    • Timeline: 4-8 weeks
  • Full review by the full Committee at a convened meeting.
    • Timeline: 1-3 months

The UNC Charlotte IRB allows for the determination of exemption by authorized Office of Research Protections and Integrity staff. Be aware that the UNC Charlotte IRB interprets the Exemption criteria to mean that the research is exempt from a higher level of review. Modifications are still required for research with an Exemption determination.