Office of Research Integrity and Outreach

IRB Submission Process

All research involving human subjects conducted by any employee or agent of USM (faculty, staff, students, etc.) must receive IRB review and approval prior to implementation.

NOTE: All research activities involving human subjects must receive review and approval BEFORE they are initiated. Approval is documented formally, on signed letterhead. Email notification should not be construed as approval.

Applicants seeking full-board review: Submissions for IRB review must be received 30 business days prior to the next IRB meeting. Submissions that are incomplete or in need of major revisions will be reviewed at the next available IRB meeting.

Applicants please note that most applications require more than one review because the IRB often requests additional information and/or changes. Therefore, applicants should leave ample time for additional review before the anticipated research start date.

If you have any questions or would like to request assistance please contact the Office of Research Integrity and Outreach (ORIO) at: or 207-780-4517, we are happy to help!