Submitting Proposal for IRB Review

The three types of IRB reviews are classified as exempt, expedited, and full board reviews. To submit a proposal to the West Texas A&M University IRB, complete the proposal packet, from the three-column table below, that is applicable to your proposed human subjects research. For assistance in determining the most appropriate IRB proposal to your research, review the Human Subject Regulations Decision Charts. Click on every link in the selected proposal packet to access the necessary instructions and forms. Proposal packets should be single-spaced with page numbers. The proposal cover sheet, narrative, and all attachments should be submitted in one document file.

Please review the IRB Proposal Checklist and the IRB Review Calendar prior to submitting your proposal.



Step 1 - Complete the appropriate proposal packet listed above.

Step 2 - Submit the proposal to the IRB in electronic or hard copy format to:

Academic and Research Environmental Health and Safety (

Killgore Research Center, Room 159
WTAMU Box 60217
Canyon, TX 79016

Step 3 - Complete proposals will be presented to the IRB on the 1st and 15th of each month (excluding December and May 1) in accordance with the IRB Review Calendar.

Step 4 - Monitor your email inbox for communication from the IRB chair regarding your proposal. Most of these communications may be expected on or about the 1st and 15th of each month.

Step 5 - If the IRB requests clarification or revisions, you will be notified by the IRB chair via email on or about the 1st or 15th of the month.

Step 6 - Upon approval of your proposal, the IRB chair will notify you via email on or about the 1st or 15th of the month.


Note: IRB approval is granted for one calendar year. For amendments, continuations, and closeouts, complete the Closeout/Amendment/Continuation Form.