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JHM IRB Serving as the sIRB

JHM sIRB Review for JHSPH and Homewood Investigators
sIRB Review Fees
Grant Submission Planning
Satisfying Just-in-Time Requirements
Individual Investigator Agreement
Continuing Review Package
Helpful Instructions and Forms

JHM sIRB Review for JHSPH and Homewood Investigators

Johns Hopkins has three separate IRBs [JHM, School of Public Health, Homewood Schools]. Where JHU single IRB services are needed, only JHM IRB will serve as the single IRB, as JHM IRB is the only accredited IRB.

JHSPH and Homewood investigators preparing grant submissions and new applications that propose relying on an external sIRB should contact the JHSPH (jhsph.irboffice@jhu.edu) or Homewood IRB (hirb@jhu.edu) for further guidance. 

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sIRB Review Fees

sIRB studies are subject to review fees. A tailored estimate of sIRB review fees is provided at the time of grant submission based on the following factors:

  • Anticipated # of participating sites
  • Expected duration of the study [e.g., how many continuing reviews might occur]
  • Estimated # of study-wide amendments that might be anticipated (e.g., introducing a new study procedure that could affect the conduct of the research at relying sites]
  • Risk level of the research

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Grant Submission Planning

We encourage investigators to communicate with us as soon as possible prior to the grant application deadline. You are required to submit a Reliance Request at least 2-3 weeks prior to your grant application deadline.

If JH agrees to serve as the sIRB, investigators are provided with the following package of information for inclusion in the grant submission:

  • Letter of Support from JHM IRB to serve as the sIRB
  • Template Letters of Support [for participating sites]
  • sIRB grant language, describing JHM IRB’s experience in serving as a sIRB
  • FWA and SMART IRB instructions for participating sites
  • sIRB review fee estimate

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Satisfying Just-in-Time Requirements

Planning Phase Survey [for non-JH PIs] when the JHM IRB is the sIRB

In cases where JHU SOM IRB will serve as the Single IRB, Johns Hopkins is not otherwise engaged in the research, and documentation of IRB approval for is needed to satisfy Just-in-Time requirements/permit release of funds, external investigators should complete the Planning Phase Request Tool.

Planning Phase eIRB application [for JH PIs] when the JHM IRB is the sIRB

In cases where JHU SOM IRB will serve as the Single IRB, Johns Hopkins is engaged in the research, and documentation of IRB approval for is needed to satisfy Just-in-Time requirements/permit release of funds, you are required to submit a Planning Phase application in eIRB2.

  • Login to eIRB2 and select “Create New Application” on the left navigator bar.
  • In Section 1- General Information, Question 7, select “Planning Phase” and follow the prompts.
    • If you’ve previously received a letter of support confirming JHM IRB’s willingness to serve as the sIRB for your study, you should also upload a copy of your letter of support

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Individual Investigator Agreement

If an individual is engaged in human subjects research and is not affiliated with an organization that can provide IRB oversight, JHM IRB can provide oversight by executing an Independent Investigator Agreement [IIA]. The study-specific IIA must be completed and returned to the JHMIRB Reliance Team. In addition, the following must be completed before the investigator can began research activities:

  • Provide documentation of human subjects training
  • JH PI must submit Change in Research, uploading a copy of the fully-executed IIA and HSR training certificates in Section 2 [Study Team Compliance Training], Question 2.
  • Add the investigator as an “Other Non-Hopkins Site” in Section 10 [Study Location]
    • The non-affiliated investigator should not obtain an ADHOC JHED or be added as a study team member.

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Continuing Review Package

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Helpful Instructions and Forms

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Interested in setting up a sIRB consult or in sIRB training? Contact Us at jhmirbreliance@jhmi.edu