Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee established under federal regulations for the protection of human subjects in research (45 CFR 46). Its purpose is to help protect the rights and welfare of human participants in research. FIU faculty, staff, and students are required to obtain IRB approval prior to conducting research with human subjects. This applies to both on-campus and off-campus research, regardless of funding.

This site contains the necessary tools and information to assist investigators during the IRB protocol submission and review process. You can find them on the left navigation menu including Obtaining IRB Approval, which provides step by step instructions on preparing your submission; Policies & Procedures,  which contains helpful resources on conducting research with humans subjects, and IRB FAQs, which contains answers to commonly asked questions.

Fall 2016 IRB Training Workshop Schedule


Thurs  8/25—3pm to 4:30pm—Office of Research Integrity (ORI) Overview (Introduction to IRB, IACUC, IBC)

Wed  8/31—10am to 11:30am— Office of Research Integrity (ORI) Overview (Introduction to IRB, IACUC, IBC)


Wed 9/7—10am to 12 noon—IRB Part 1 (Obtaining IRB Approval)


Mon  10/3—2pm to 4pm—IRB Part 2 (Managing your Approved Study)

Wed  10/5—10am to 12 noon—IRB Ethics (fulfills RCR Continuing Education hours)

Students, Faculty, and Staff are invited and welcome to attend.  We kindly ask for everyone to register prior to trainings in order to accommodate requests and prepare training materials.

To register, please kindly contact Elvia (Eva) Molina at or 305-348-0056 along with the following information:

1. Full Name

2. Department

3. Phone number

4. Name/Date of Training Session

Need Assistance?

The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) is responsible for the ethical and regulatory oversight of research at Florida International University that involves human subjects. ORI supports and oversees the work of the Institutional Review Boards (IRBs).

If you have any questions regarding the IRB, please contact the IRB Coordinator Maria Melendez-Vargas, MIBA in the Office of Research Integrity located in MARC 414. She can also be reached at: (305) 348-8311.

The SB-IRB Chair is Dr. Mary Jo Trepka and can be reached at (305) 348-7186.

The HS-IRB Chair is Dr. Adriana Campa and can be reached at (305) 348-2871.

Visit the IRB Membership Rosters web page for a full listing of the board members and their contact information.