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Institutional Review Board at GRCC

The National Research Act, Public Law 93-348, mandates that an institutional review board (IRB), or human subjects committee, must be established by any university that receives federal funding for biomedical or behavioral research. Institutions found to be in non-compliance with regulations can lose federal funding of both its research and student programs. In its broadest sense the purpose of the IRB is to protect the rights and safety of human subjects. In fulfilling its task the IRB must carefully examine research proposals to arrive at an independent determination that the research will meet the following ethical criteria:

  • Risks to subjects are minimized.
  • Risks to subjects are reasonable in relation to anticipated benefits.
  • Selection of subjects is equitable.
  • Informed consent is sought from each prospective subject or the subject's legally authorized representative.
  • Informed consent is appropriately documented.
  • When appropriate, the research plan makes adequate provision for monitoring the data collected, to ensure the safety of subjects.
  • When appropriate, there are adequate provisions to protect the privacy of subjects, and to maintain the confidentiality of data.
  • Additional safeguards are included to insure that members of vulnerable populations (e.g., children, prisoners, pregnant women, mentally disabled persons, or economically or educationally disadvantaged persons) are not the subject of coercion or undue influence.

Application Materials

We are not accepting applications at this time.

Meetings and Application Materials Due Dates

GRCC's IRB committee meets once per month. Application materials are due two weeks ahead of the monthly meeting in order to be considered. The table below specifies the IRB committee meeting date, and the due date for application materials to be reviewed during that meeting.

IRB Application Materials Due Date IRB Committee Meeting Date
Sept. 17, 2021 Oct. 1, 2021
Oct. 22, 2021 Nov. 5, 2021
Nov. 19, 2021 Dec. 3, 2021
Jan. 14, 2022 Jan. 28, 2022
Jan. 21, 2022 Feb. 4, 2022
March 11, 2022 March 25, 2022
March 18, 2022 April 1, 2022
April 22, 2022 May 6, 2022

IRB Composition

Each IRB is required to have at least 5 members with sufficient diversity with respect to gender, race, cultural background, and professional expertise. Each IRB must include members whose primary concerns are in scientific areas and in nonscientific areas and at least one member not affiliated with the institution. The diversity of IRB membership should enable it to assess the ethical acceptability of a research proposal with respect to its:

  • Scientific merit
  • Sensitivity to community attitudes
  • Safeguarding of research participants rights and welfare
  • Institutional commitments and obligations
  • Applicable law (risk management)
  • Standards of professional conduct and practice

2021-22 Members

  • Kevin Dobreff, co-chair
  • Werner Absenger
  • Gayl Beals
  • Jennifer Borrello
  • Valerie Butterfield
  • Lisa Dopke
  • Cheryl Endres
  • Dan Groh
  • Tim Hoving
  • Sheila Jones
  • Nathaniel Lloyd
  • Sophie Rubin
  • Cedric Williams


For questions about IRB and/or submitting an application or supporting material, contact Sheila Jones at (616) 234-4289 or

To submit IRB documents and supporting material, please email