Research Review & Approval
Institutional Review Boards (IRB)
Grand Valley State University's IRB is called the Human Research Review Committee (HRRC). The HRRC reviews applications for research involving human subjects to assure compliance with ethical and Federal standards for the Protections of Human Subjects.
The HRRC is comprised of GVSU faculty and volunteer community members who are not employees of GVSU.
Research Involving Human Subjects
Federal regulations and GVSU policies require that all research involving human subjects or materials of human origin be approved by the Human Research Review Committee before initiation.
The HRRC is GVSU's Institutional Review Board and it's primary responsibility is to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects. The HRRC reviews research protocols using the following criteria:
(45 CFR 46.111)
Research means a systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge. Activities which meet this definition constitute research for purposes of this policy, whether or not they are conducted or supported under a program which is considered research for other purposes. 45 CFR 46.102(d)
Human Subject is defined as a living individual(s) about whom an investigator (whether professional or student) conducting research obtains (1) data through intervention, or (2) identifiable private information. 45 CFR 46.102(f)
Examples of research with human subjects
Check our site often for information updates:
Overview Explains the importance of the review committees, provides links to complete set of federal research regulations and schedules of all research training workshops and committee activities.
Support Materials Forms and procedures needed by researchers for initial applications for protocol review, renewals, revisions, and closure.
Education Links to CITI online training modules, HRRC workshops, meeting schedules, FAQs, and other resources.
Regulations and Guidelines Links to applicable federal and state guidelines and other resources.
Announcements Important conference dates, committee meeting schedules and regular updates of newly emerging regulations and ethics standards.
How Can We Help You?
The Research Protections Program is available to meet with faculty, research staff, students or administrators for individual or group consultation.
Note: Be sure to check the protocol submission deadline for each full board meeting as listed on the HRRC home page. Protocols are not reviewed from the start of final exam week until the first day of the following academic term.