Office of Research Integrity and Outreach

IRB External Reviews

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

Fee Schedule

External IRB Review Request - Google form

Sample form (pdf)

External to University of Southern Maine and its Collaborative Institutional Review Board (IRB)