Office of Research Integrity and Outreach

Collaborative Institutional Review Board

The University of Southern Maine's Office of Research Integrity are interested in finding partners for our Human Subject Research Protection Program and Collaborative Institutional Review Board (IRB). 

USM has two separate federally registered collaborative IRBs: Socal Behavioral and Biomedical

At this time our IRB is the 'IRB of record' for several institutions throughout Maine and the rest of the country.  These institutions include but are not limited to: higher education entities, State agencies, and hospitals. 

Such an arrangement would provide access to resources and subject matter expertise without additional cost and perhaps even generate some savings. If you do not currently have a board to review research projects, we would be happy to serve as your reviewing board so that your institution can participate in research otherwise unavailable without an IRB. 

If you have an interest in such a collaboration, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Research Integrity and Outreach!

Current Board Members

Member Resources

IORG#: IORG0001507

The Federalwide assurance number for USM is. FWA00001748

IRB 1953, U of Southern Maine IRB #1, Portland, OHRP Only, Active: Social Behavioral

IRB 11534, U of Southern Maine IRB #2, Portland, OHRP/FDA, Active: Biomedical

New/Renew Federalwide Assurance (FWA) instructions

Cary Medical Center

Central Maine Community College

Choice Research Associates

Colorado Division of Criminal Justice

Council of State Governments (Ltd) Justice Center

Covenant Health, Inc

Crime Research Group

Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Maine College of Health Professionals

Maine Department of Corrections

Maine Department of Education

Maine Department of Health and Human Services

Maine Maritime Academy

Partnerships for Health

Portland Public Health

Select Medical Corporation

Southern Maine Community College

University of Maine at Augusta

University of Maine at Farmington

University of Maine at Presque Isle

University of Southern Maine

York County Community College

USM’s Office of Research Integrity and Outreach (ORIO) is offering to review non-USM research projects as a service to the general community of Maine in an effort to help foster academic and scientific efforts in the pursuit of knowledge.

We realize that for many institutions, it is not practical to maintain a standing review committee, yet their external funding requires formal IRB approval. If you are an institution or individual investigator in need of a review by a federally registered IRB with a federal-wide assurance, we would be very happy to offer our review services to you.

The fee schedule for this service can be found below. If the potential protocol volume is substantial, i.e. more than a dozen projects to review a year, we are happy to discuss a flat annual rate to be paid and not a per protocol review fee, increasing their savings.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at (207) 780-4517.

Fee Schedule

External IRB Review Request - Google form

Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) forms