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Institutional Review Board (IRB) For Human Research Participants Protection

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 recruited to participate in research activities associated with UWF.

New IRB Application Process

The UWF Institutional Review Board’s application system is changing. The IRB will switch from its current email-based application system to an online form-based system provided by IRBNet on Monday, Nov. 1.  As of this day, all new protocol submissions must be submitted through IRBNet. The new system will make applying for IRB review quicker and easier.

To accommodate this transition, the UWF IRB will not be able to accept new applications October 21 -  31 as the office transitions to the IRBNet system.

To learn more about the new system, please see the materials below along with videos at IRBNet Training Materials for UWF Institutional Review Board Applications which requires UWF login credentials.

Upcoming training sessions

We will also be hosting 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.

Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021 @ 2 PM

Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021 @ 10 AM

Friday, Nov. 5, 2021 @ 2 PM

Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021 @ 2 PM

Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021 @ 10 AM

Friday, Nov. 19, 2021 @ 2 PM

Monday, Nov. 22, 2021 @ 10 AM

Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021 @ 1 PM


UWF IRB Training Calendar

If you have questions about the new application process, contact Natalie Mead.

UWF policy requires that all educational, training, or 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.

In reviewing proposals, the UWF IRB is guided by the ethical principles outlined in the Belmont Report - respect for persons, beneficence, and justice. Only research that abides by these principles will be approved by the IRB.

To all investigators: It is a violation of regulations to initiate the research project 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.

Please be aware that the UWF IRB is only accepting emailed applications to You must use the Word application versions below. Paper copies will no longer be accepted. Electronic signatures are permitted for all IRB documents.

IRB Committee Meetings and Members

All IRB meetings are open to the public. Meetings for the Spring 2022 Semester will be held the third Wednesday of each month from 1:00pm to 3:00pm (Central) in Building 85, Room 102.

Upcoming Meetings

  • January 19, 2022
  • February 16, 2022
  • March 16, 2022
  • April 20, 2022
  • May 18, 2022

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.

Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations is requested to advise UWF by contacting the ADA Program Office 850.474.2694, 711 (TTY), visit or email at least two (2) business days prior to the event.


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, Management
  • Dr. Ludmilla Cosio Lima, Professor, Exercise Science and Health
  • Dr. Bruce Davidson, Associate Professor, Accounting
  • Dr. Wesley Farr, Lecturer, Public Health 
  • Dr. Kathrine Johnson, Associate Professor, Criminal Justice
  • Dr. Stephen LeMay, Associate Professor, Commerce
  • Dr. Giang-Nguyen Nguyen, Associate Professor, Teacher Education & Educational Leadership 
  • Andre Ryland, Community Member
  • Pennie Sparks, Risk Management Coordinator
  • Dr. Carla Thompson, Professor, Educational Research and Administration
  • Dr. Susan Walch, Professor, Psychology (On Sabbatical for 2021-2022 School Year)

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