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What are the steps for seeking IRB approval?

Prepare and submit your application.

Prepare and submit the required IRB form or application. Be sure to follow all instructions and make sure you have all the materials you need including an informed consent form, recruiting materials, survey questions, etc. All IRB forms or applications should be sent electronically to Felicia Lewis, IRB Coordinator with "Attention IRB" in the subject line.

Await notification.

The IRB will make every effort to review your application in a timely manner. It usually takes between two to three weeks to review and respond to a proposal, depending on the IRB meeting schedule. Until you have received written notice that your research has been approved, you should not begin to collect data or interact with human subjects.


Phoebe does not currently conduct or support studies involving prisoners, children, pregnant women, human fetuses or neonates.

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