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Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Human Research Participants Protection is a federally mandated committee. Its purpose is to protect the rights and welfare of all persons involved in research activities associated with UWF.

UWF policy requires that all research activities involving human participants must be reviewed by the IRB prior to the recruitment of participants and initiation of data collection. This requirement applies to all research-related activities involving human participants at any UWF campus or conducted by any UWF faculty, staff and/or student.

IRB Review Timeline

To all investigators: It is a violation of federal regulations to initiate human subjects research prior to receiving IRB approval. Therefore, it is important that proposals be submitted to the IRB in a timely manner and with consideration of upcoming IRB meetings whenever the project involves completion deadlines (i.e. for publishing or thesis/dissertation submission). UWF asks that investigators please allow up to 4-6 weeks for IRB review.

Recent Updates

New IRB Training Requirement for Faculty Advisors

Faculty advisors for student research are now required to have an up to date CITI Training certificate for either the Social & Behavioral Research Basic/Refresher course or the Biomedical Research- Basic/Refresher course. CITI training certificates can be uploaded to IRBNet user profiles.

Submitting an Application through

In November 2021, UWF moved its IRB Application system online and uses the website to process all applications. Please note all IRB forms and samples can be found under Forms & Templates within IRBNet. For a preview of the required proposal form visit IRB Project Proposal Information.

First-Time IRBNet Users

  1. Go to “Creating an Account in
  2. Take your required training at
  3. Go to “Attaching Your Training

Registered IRBNet Users Starting a New Project

Is your CITI training still valid? If not, log into, take the training, and update your IRBNet profile with the new training certificate.

  1. Go to “Creating a new Project” to follow the steps to create a project and submit a package.
    • Submitted packages that are incomplete or unclear may incur delays in processing.
  2. If you received a “Modifications Required” letter with your board decision and you need to submit a revision to your reviewed IRB application, then go to How to Respond to a "Modifications Required" Letter

Once your project has been approved

  1. If you need to make a change to your approved project, you will need to submit an amendment package. Go to “Creating and Submitting an Amendment” for instructions to create an amendment package.
  2. If you need an extension to your currently approved IRB application approval dates, then go to “Creating and Submitting an Extension” for instructions on how to submit a continuing review package.
  3. Once your data collection is complete and you are no longer analyzing identifiable data, you will need to submit a final report package. Please visit “Creating and Submitting a Final Report.”

In November 2021, UWF moved its IRB Application system online and uses the website to process all applications. Please note all IRB forms and samples can be found in the Designer section of IRBNet in the drop down Document Library.

IRBNet Training Sessions

RAE hosts weekly IRBNet open sessions where you will be able to ask questions and have our Research Compliance Officer guide you through troubleshooting and submitting your application for the first time. See the IRBNet training calendar at the bottom of this webpage to sign up for the next session.

IRB meetings are reserved for the review of applications in which participants are exposed to "greater than minimal risk" or include vulnerable populations. Applications that will require a convened IRB Meeting must be submitted two weeks in advance of the meeting date in order to be added to the agenda.

Applications referencing "minimal risk" studies are reviewed on a continuous basis.

All IRB meetings are open to the public. Meetings are normally held the third Wednesday of each month during the fall and spring semesters from 1:00pm to 3:00pm (Central). Typically, a single meeting is scheduled during the summer semester.

  • June 14, 2024 - the summer meeting is being held in the Research Administration and Engagement conference room, Building 11 Room 105. The meeting will also be held virtually via Google Meet. The meeting link can be made available upon request. Please email Natalie Mead to request the meeting link.

The 2024 fall and 2025 spring meetings will meet in the School of Education conference room, building 85, room 102.

  • August 21, 2024
  • September 18, 2024
  • October 16, 2024
  • November 20, 2024
  • December 11, 2024
  • January 15, 2025
  • February 19, 2025
  • March 12, 2025
  • April 16, 2025

The members of the UWF IRB for Human Research Participants Protection include the following representatives:

  • Chair, Dr. Angela Blackburn, Associate Professor, School of Nursing
  • Dr. James Arruda, Professor, Psychology 
  • Dr. Gayle Baugh, Associate Professor, Department of Business Administration
  • Dr. Jake Bush, Lecturer, School of Nursing
  • Dr. Ludmila Cosio-Lima, Professor, Movement Sciences and Health
  • Dr. Bruce Davidson, Associate Professor, Accounting and Finance
  • Dr. Natalie Goulette, Associate Professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Dr. Stephen LeMay, Professor, Department of Commerce
  • Dr. Giang-Nguyen Nguyen, Professor, School of Education
  • Dr. Dustin Rolin, Assistant Professor of Clinical Practice, School of Nursing
  • Dr. Susan Walch, Professor, Psychology
  • Mr. Richard Lynch, Community Member

Ex Officio Members

  • Mrs. Natalie Mead, Research Compliance Officer, Research Administration and Engagement
  • Ms. Pennie Sparks, Risk Management Coordinator, Environmental Health and Safety

Alternate Member

  • Dr. Lauren Ricciardelli, Assistant Professor, Social Work
  • Dr. Allysha Winburn, Associate Professor, Anthropology

Want more information about the IRB process?

For more information concerning the UWF IRB or to schedule an in-person presentation for your class or group, please contact the Research Compliance Officer at 850-474-3484 or email

The University of West Florida maintains a Federal Wide Assurance (FWA) for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research and is a registered IRB with the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP).

FWA Number: FWA00002657
IORG Number: IORG0001310

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