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
May 4, 2022 April 13, 2022
June 1, 2022 May 11, 2022
July 13, 2022 June 22, 2022
August 3, 2022 July 13, 2022
September 7, 2022 August 17, 2022
October 5, 2022 September 14, 2022
November 2, 2022 October 12, 2022
December 7, 2022 November 16, 2022
Harvard Faculty of Medicine
IRB Meeting Dates Submission Deadlines
April 26, 2022 April 5, 2022
May 24, 2022 May 10, 2022
June 28, 2022 June 7, 2022
July 26, 2022 July 5, 2022
August 30, 2022 August 9, 2022
September 27, 2022 September 6, 2022
October 25, 2022 October 4, 2022
November 15, 2022 October 25, 2022
December 13, 2022 November 22, 2022