Submitting a Protocol

This section offers guidance on how to submit and what documents are required for IRB review (a list of resources can be found below). Please be sure to use our Submission Decision Tree to determine what type of review is needed for your study.  Once determined, please submit to the IRB for review and approval.  More information on how to submit can be found on our Submission Examples and Instructions page.

When submitting, please note that Principal Investigators (PIs) and Co-Principal Investigators (Co-PIs) must be members of the GT faculty. Students may not be PIs on protocols and should be listed based on their role as either co-investigators, study staff, or student (additional guidance can be found in our Policies and Procedures).

If your study requires Full Board Review, please note that the Central IRB generally meets on the third Friday of each month. For studies that need to be reviewed by the Full Board Committee, protocol submissions must be received by the first business day of the month to be added to that month's meeting agenda.  However, in order to be added to that month’s agenda, the application MUST BE COMPLETE AND READY for review. Incomplete submissions, even if submitted by the 1st business day of the month, may not be added to the agenda.  Please understand that the Board members are volunteers from different professional areas (e.g., medical doctors, faculty, community members, etc.) and must be allowed sufficient time to review the submission.

Please see our IRB Review Process Flowchart for more guidance on how the review process works and what to expect in regards to review times.

For more specific information, please see each section listed below.  Please contact the Office of Research Integrity Assurance if you have any additional questions regarding the submission process.

List of Resources