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All Belmont University faculty, staff and students proposing to conduct research involving human participants must submit an application for IRB review and receive approval from the IRB before beginning any research. The Axiom Mentor online application portal should be used to submit all IRB applications (exempt, expedited, and full). The online application portal can be accessed at  (The institution ID is belmont and you will use your MyBelmont credentials to access the system.)

Several reminders:

- The Belmont University IRB, in conformity with federal regulations, requires principal investigators (PIs), including student researchers, to undergo training in the ethics of research involving human subjects. The NIH training for the protection of human subjects is free and online at After successful completion of the training, faculty and students must upload their “IRB Human Subjects Training Certificate” into the Mentor system. The review of applications will be delayed if this training is not completed prior to the submission of the IRB application.

- Additionally, faculty advisors must indicate approval of students’ applications in the mentor system before the review process can begin.

Applications for exempt verification and expedited review are reviewed on a rolling basis (first come, first serve) and are reviewed across fall, spring, and summer terms, except during scheduled school breaks and holidays. Exempt and expedited applications are assigned for review to individual IRB members and final approval is made by the IRB committee chair. The initial review of exempt applications should occur within 10 business days of submission, and the initial review of expedited applications review should occur within 15 days of submission. If there are revisions, the total time for review could be longer, so PIS should plan accordingly.

Applications for full board review are accepted during fall (August, September, October) and spring semesters (January, February, and March) only and are due one month before the next scheduled convened IRB Committee meeting. During the fall semester, the last month to submit a full board review application is October to be reviewed at the November IRB meeting. During the spring semester, the last month to submit a full board review application is March to be reviewed by the April IRB meeting. See below for deadlines. Full applications are reviewed and voted on by the entire Belmont University IRB Committee. Therefore, the process to get a full application reviewed could take approximately four weeks (or longer, depending on level of revisions). Please plan accordingly.

If faculty or staff think that they will be submitting an application that requires full review, please send an email to to alert us that a full application is in the process of being completed so that we can assist you in a timely review.


Fall 2017 IRB Meeting Date/Time

Full Board Review

Applications due by



Friday, August 18th

2 – 3 p.m.



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Friday, September 22

2 – 3 p.m.

Monday, August 28

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Friday, October 20

 2 – 3 p.m.

Monday, September 25

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Friday, November 17

2 – 3 p.m.

Monday, October 23

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