VCU Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) Blog

The VCU HRPP is dedicated to facilitating ethically and scientifically sound research through robust review of research projects and through effective education and outreach to the VCU research community.

Due to staffing shortages, the Appointlet IRB Pre-Submission Consultation program has been paused.

For any questions that cannot be answered with the below resources, researchers can email for additional assistance. Please note, the IRB staff will have limited availability for meetings in order to focus on reviewing a backlog of submissions from recently separated staff, so the research community is kindly being asked to carefully review the information provided below before requesting additional IRB assistance when beginning a new study submission. The IRB staff look forward to resuming the Appointlet IRB Pre-Submission Consultation program as soon as they are able to do so, as this is a valuable service to the VCU research community.

Note: IRB staff will still be available to advise on questions about ongoing research projects already submitted and assigned to a reviewer/IRB Administrator. The above applies only to the Appointlet IRB Pre-Submission Consultation options previously offered.

For helpful contacts and resources on a variety of topics relating to how to get started in your research at VCU, please go to

For a useful tool to plan for ancillary reviews and other VCU requirements that may impact your research, please use our Quick Start Guide at

For a complete list of VCU IRB policies and procedures, please visit

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