IRB professionals at small research programs (fewer than 200 open protocols) usually have limited resources and work alone or with few (one to two) staff. While challenges such as time, budget, and bandwidth may seem constraining, smaller programs often have more possibility for flexibility and responsiveness to researchers due to flatter organizational structures and greater decisional authority. This session will address common constraints that small to mid-sized academic IRBs face and discuss strategies not only for remaining compliant and handling these concerns, but also creating prospects for reducing administrative burden, building relationships, and increasing the IRB’s voice on campus.
Discuss various challenges facing smaller IRB offices
Provide strategies and tools from different institutional viewpoints
Consider benefits and opportunities of a smaller research program