Submission Requirements

Overall Requirements

All research involving human subjects under the jurisdiction of the Lebanese American University and its affiliates (LAUMC–RH) must be submitted to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for review and approval prior commencing the research. For student projects, please refer the Student Research Projects and Classroom Projects webpage for additional information.

Any non-LAU researcher or student seeking to conduct research at LAU or LAUMCRH or involving faculty, staff or students, must have an LAU member to serve as SPONSOR of the project.

LAU IRB does not review research conducted by non LAU/LAUMCRH personnel.  

IRB Guidelines and Submission Requirement Presentation 

NB:  If a study involves extramural funding such as external funding agencies or sponsors, clearance must be secured from the relevant department at LAUMC–RH / LAU before submission to the IRB.  Please contact the IRB office for further details.

IRB Applications, Forms and Supporting Documents

Fee Schedule

The IRB charges a fee for review of research studies involving human subjects for sponsored or funded research projects, as detailed below. Payment is expected independent of the IRB decision and is due within 30 days of receipt of invoice. For any questions, please contact the IRB office by email at irb@lau.edu.lb.

Effective February 2011, the fee schedule for LAU IRB review is as follows:

Initial Submission - Pharmaceutical Sponsored Studies $1500 plus VAT
Annual Continuing Review Submission - Pharmaceutical Sponsored Studies $500 plus VAT
Initial Submission - Extramural Funding Agencies $200 plus VAT
Annual Continuing Review Submission - Extramural Funding Agencies $50 plus VAT

Summary Table

Type of Review* Timelines** Required Application***
Full Review Review will take at least 30-45 business days from date of submission
(complete submission must be at least 2 weeks prior to the next scheduled meeting)
  • Initial Protocol Application - for new research project
  • Protocol Amendment Application - for any changes or amendments to the protocol after approval
  • Continuing Review Application - for renewal of previously approved research project, at least annually
Expedited Review Review will take 20 business days from date of submission
  • Initial Protocol Application - for new research project
  • Protocol Amendment Application - for any changes or amendments to the protocol after approval
  • Continuing Review Application - for renewal of previously approved research project, at least annually
  • Request for Protocol Closure Form - notification of study closure, termination, or completion
Exempt Review Review will take 5 business days from date of submission
  • Protocol Exempt Application - for research projects that fit one of the exemption criteria

* Detailed explanation for the different Types of Review can be found under Guidance Documents.
** Timelines noted are for complete submissions. If a submission is missing documents, the submission will be returned to the PI with clarifications. Timelines also vary if there are any major concerns to the project submitted.
*** All submissions must include a completed and signed application along with all required documents as noted at the beginning of each application.
*** Whenever required, all investigators on the application must complete and sign the Investigator Financial Disclosure Form.