IRB - Institutional Review Board


Our compliance section ensures Sam Houston State University is responsible for federal, state, and local regulations regarding research.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: The Revised Common Rule became effective on January 21st, 2019. This may impact your research. Please click this link for more information.

Institutional Review Board


The mission of the SHSU IRB is to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects conducted or supported by SHSU. To accomplish this, the IRB shall review, approve the initiation of, conduct periodic review, and monitor research involving human subjects.
Contact ORSP for assistance or additional information at 936-294-4875 or irb@shsu.edu.


  • IRB Applications

    Sam Houston State University, by action of the President, has established an institutional review board (IRB) to review human subject research. This board is supported by Research & Sponsored Programs (ORSP). The IRB reviews research that is conducted or supported by the SHSU faculty, students or staff in order to determine that the rights and welfare of the human subjects are adequately protected. The IRB is guided by the ethical principles described in the 'Belmont Report' and by the regulations of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found at Title 45 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 46. Texas State maintains an approved Federal wide Assurance (FWA00002405) of Compliance with the Office for Human Research Protection (OHRP).

  • Proposal Development Process

    1. Initial Project Conception
    2. Explore Funding Opportunities Related to Your Project
    3. Notifying ORSP Proposal Development and Developing the Proposal
    4. Submitting a Proposal Notification Form (PNF)
    5. Developing the Budget and Justification
    6. Proposal Routing and Submission
    7. Preparing for any Compliance Needs
    8. Award Notification

    Disclaimer Change – Although the above process describes a typical grant proposal, all proposals are different and the Principal Investigator may enter the process at any point. However, ALL grant submissions require ORSP approval prior to submission.