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
June 9, 2021 May 19, 2021
July 7, 2021 June 16, 2021
August 4, 2021 July 14, 2021
September 8, 2021 August 18, 2021
October 6, 2021 September 15, 2021
November 3, 2021 October 13, 2021
December 1, 2021 November 10, 2021
Harvard Faculty of Medicine
IRB Meeting Dates Submission Deadlines
June 29, 2021 June 8, 2021
July 27, 2021 July 6, 2021
August 31, 2021 August 10, 2021
September 28, 2021 September 7, 2021
October 26, 2021 October 5, 2021
November 30, 2021 November 9, 2021
December 14. 2021 November 23, 2021