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Institutional Review Board (IRB) 

  • Allow a minimum of 4 business days BEFORE you call us regarding the status of your petition
  • Please allow at least 2 weeks for protocols to be reviewed AFTER your application is complete
  • During the months of September-October and February-March, expect a minimum processing time of 3 weeks


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MTSU Human Research Protection Program

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) at MTSU is a committee appointed present which oversee any research projects that involve human participants. The aim of the IRB is to protect the rights and welfare of the research subjects.  No research study that involves collection of data through interaction or intervention with living individuals may begin at MTSU without the consent of its IRB.  The links to this page are designed to guide researchers through the process of seeking approval for protocols that involve the collection of data by enrolling living human subjects. Please refer to the FAQ for general IRB-related questions.


Click here to watch an OHRP video on the IRB Membership


Federal Wide Assurance (FWA)

The FWA is a contract or agreement that establishes standards for human subjects research as approved by the Office for Human Research Protections ("OHRP"). It is the policy of the Institutional Review Board ("IRB") of Middle Tennessee State University to uphold its Assurance as filed with the OHRP.
  • The FWA number of MTSU is: 00005331
  • IRB Registration number - IRB00003571 - Expiration 02.15.2017
  • IORG number - 0002062

Visit the Decision Guide for answers to questions such as:

  • What is "research" as defined by OHRP?
  • Does my research involve Human Subjects?
  • Should I apply for Exempt, Expedited or Full committee review?
    • Please note that "exempt" does not refer to an exemption from IRB oversight; it merely designates certain types of activities and interventions considered to pose less than minimal risk to the participants as exempt from continuing IRB review.  But, all of the regulatory requirement are same.
    • Also note that "expedited" does not refer to a swifter review process; it merely designates certain types of activities or interventions as minimal risk and they can be reviewed and approved through a member review process that does not require a full committee decision.  

The Online Training page will link researchers to a site where they can undergo training to obtain certification for conducting research involving human subjects. The IRB Forms page allows access to download the most current applications, final/progress reports, templates for consent forms, and other important documents.

Inquiring General Information

Submission Policy Changes

  • The Office of Compliance only accepts only electronically filled documents
  • An MTSU Faculty member MUST email the application documents to
  • THE OFFICE OF COMPLIANCE WILL NO LONGER RECEIVE APPLICATIONS FROM STUDENTS.  Student researchers must have their faculty advisor or class coordinator email the application documents. Check out the Students page. 
  • Ensure all necessary boxes are completed as accurately as possible.  Incomplete applications will be sent back to the investigators and will not be reviewed untill the application documents are complete.  
  • Those who qualify for full review must check the committee schedule and should allow more time for  the approval process.  The committe requires at least 2 (TWO) weeks to review the application before bringing the study for a vote at a convened meeting.  

Informatative Videos

The following links are videos from the OHRP to further educate researchers on the necessity of ethics in human subejct research specifically pertaining to the protection of human subjects.:

Report Compliance Breach and Adverse Events Immediately

If you need to report a study related injury, or if you have concerns about a research project, please contact the ooffice of complaince by emailing to or call 615 494 8918. ALL COMMUNICATIONS TO THE OFFICE OF COMPLIANCE WILL BE KEPT STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL.

Email questions to:                                 Send applications and documents to:            



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