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Proposal Submission Process

Step 1: Training

Individuals planning to submit a research project through the IRB must complete training prior to any IRB submissions for approval. As of September 2018, training is no longer offered online through the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Several Human Subjects Research training courses are offered elsewhere and will be accepted by the IRB.

TCC IRB also accepts CITI Training Certification, if it is still current.

The Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) developed a course since the NIH course is no longer free. While the ACRP training is geared towards clinical research and TCC is more social-behavioral, the ACRP training is still a good substitute and the IRB will accept it. The ACRP training consists of 5 modules and takes about 3 hours to complete. The ACRP training emphasizes the ethics of research.

There is no cost, unless you need the contact hours, and you do not have to join ACRP to take the course. ACRP does not provide a certificate of completion for this training so you must take a screenshot of the completion page.

To enroll, visit the ACRP Ethics and Human Subject Protection registration site and:

  1. Add the course to your cart.
  2. Checkout.
  3. Register for an account, if you do not already have one.
  4. Complete registration information.
  5. Submit order details and register for the course.

Once you have completed the course,

  1. Take a screenshot of the course completion page.
  2. Email the screenshot to

All training are certificates are valid for 3 years and may be renewed by taking the training again.

Step 2: Submitting a Proposal

The Quick Reference Guide provides the step-by-step process that TCCD employees and students should follow in regard to submitting IRB research proposals. A full description of IRB processes is available in the IRB Charter.

Select Level of Review

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All proposals must be submitted with a signed informed consent and other necessary forms.

Step 3: Proposal Review

The IRB attempts to review proposals within four weeks of their receipt. Proposals submitted during the summer or during District holidays may be delayed. Because proposals may need to be revised prior to IRB approval, researchers should allow sufficient time for the IRB to re-review proposals. TCCD's IRB meets on an as needed basis and meetings can be conducted in person or via telephone conferences.

Updated May 03, 2019