IRB Meeting Dates & Deadlines

IRB submissions are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have a time-sensitive submission, please contact your IRB Review Specialist prior to submitting; the IRB will do their best to accommodate your request. Additionally, please inform the IRB of any deadlines or time constraints within the ESTR submission (via a Comment, cover letter, etc).

Expedited Review is performed when the human research poses no greater than minimal risk and the research procedures fit into one or more of the federally defined Expedited Review categories. Expedited Review is performed “in-house” by one or more designated reviewers on a rolling basis; review by the convened IRB is not required. Expedited continuing review applications should be submitted 21 days prior to the study’s expiration date. To find out whether your human research is eligible for expedited review, please contact your IRB Review Specialist.

Convened IRB or “Full Board” Review occurs monthly. The Office of Human Research Administration supports two IRB panels: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Faculty of Medicine. In general, investigators can expect to have the IRB associated with their primary appointment perform IRB review. Cross-panel review, however, may occur if the alternate IRB’s composition is better suited to review the proposed Human Research. Applications and related study materials must be submitted by the noted “Submission Deadline” for consideration at the corresponding meeting. Assignment to an agenda is not automatic and may vary depending on the quality and completeness of the submission, complexity of the project, required ancillary reviews, responsiveness of the PI to clarifications requested from the IRB review specialist, and attaining quorum at the monthly meeting.

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
IRB Meeting Dates Submission Deadlines
January 10, 2024 December 20, 2023
February 2, 2024 January 17, 2024
 March 6, 2024 February 14, 2024
April 3, 2024 March 13, 2024
May 1, 2024 April 10, 2024
June 5, 2024 May 15, 2024
July 10, 2024 June 18, 2024
August 7, 2024 July 17, 2024
September 4, 2024 August 14, 2024
October 2, 2024 September 11, 2024
November 6, 2024 October 16, 2024
December 4, 2024 November 13, 2024
Harvard Faculty of Medicine
(Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine)
IRB Meeting Dates Submission Deadlines
January 30, 2024 January 9, 2024
February 27, 2024 February 6, 2024
March 26, 2024 March 5, 2024
April 30, 2024 April 9, 2024
May 28, 2024 May 7, 2024
June 25, 2024 June 4, 2024
July 30, 2024 July 9, 2024
August 27, 2024 August 8, 2024
September 24, 2024 September 3, 2024
October 29, 2024 October 8, 2024
November 19, 2024 October 29, 2024
December 17, 2024 November 26, 2024