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Refer to the following table for current IRB fees.

IRB Review Category Fee for Studies submitted on or after July 1, 2009
Full Board Review* $2,400
Expedited Review* $1,200
Exempt Status* $500
Annual Reviews $500
Revisions - Major Changes*
(full board review)
Revisions - Minor changes*
(expedited review)
No charge
Recruitment Materials No charge
Adverse Events No charge

*Appropriateness of review category determined by the IRB office


The fees above apply only to trials supported by pharmaceutical firms and other for-profit entities that are submitted to the UTHSC IRB on or after July 1, 2009. There will continue to be no charge for federal, foundation, investigator-initiated, or university-supported research.

Budget and Sponsor Information

All investigators submitting industry-sponsored research protocols to the IRB should incorporate the appropriate IRB fees into their study budget.

Payment of IRB fees is regarded as a contractual responsibility of the sponsor. The fees are assessments of actual costs associated with protocol review by the IRB and are charged for services rendered. Because the IRB commits its full resources to each review, the fees are due in full from the sponsor, even if the IRB does not approve the study, subjects are never enrolled, or the study is terminated before objectives are reached.

IRB Review Fee Invoice and Collections Process

Invoices for the IRB review fee are generated by the IRB staff and submitted to the Study Contact(s) once the research application has been submitted to the IRB for review. It is the responsibility of the Principal Investigator to forward the invoice to the sponsor. Each invoice issued by the IRB is tied to a specific research application submitted by the PI in iMedRIS (IRB electronic system). The IRB cannot access the invoice template in iMedRIS until the PI submits a research application for review.

Invoices are due and payable upon receipt. Should there be a delay in payment of the IRB review fee, the IRB staff will issue regular reminder notices via the correspondence option in iMedRIS.

There are two methods for processing payment of invoice to the IRB, depending on the budget terms negotiated or other circumstances: 1) Invoices can be paid by the study sponsor by check, or 2) Invoices can be paid by the UT department via transfer voucher within the UT financial system, SAP/IRIS. If payment is submitted via check by the study sponsor, the check is received by the IRB Administrator; a copy of the check is uploaded to the iMedRIS study record; and receipt of payment is noted in the invoice module of iMedRIS. The check is forwarded to the Business Manager, Office of Research, for deposit processing. The deposit is processed in IRIS to the IRB Income account by the Administrative Assistant, Office of Research, and submitted to the Bursar's Office.

If a Department processes invoice payment via transfer voucher in IRIS, the transfer is approved by the Business Manager, Office of Research. The transfer is coded to recovery in the IRB account. A copy of the approved transfer is forwarded to the IRB to be uploaded to the iMedRIS study record, and receipt of payment is noted in the invoice module of iMedRIS. The Business Manager reconciles the IRB expense and income ledgers.

If an application is approved prior to payment of the IRB review fee, the status of the study in iMedRIS will be listed as Approved – Awaiting Payment. Such a status will not allow researchers to submit any additional documents for IRB review until payment of the IRB review fee is received. Upon receipt of payment, the IRB staff will change the status of the study from Approved – Awaiting Payment to Approved. Under extenuating circumstance, it may be necessary for the Associate Director, Director, or the Chair of the IRB to temporarily change the status of the study prior to receipt of payment. Documentation of such a change in study status will be noted in the study record in iMedRIS so that the IRB staff may appropriately follow up with the investigator.

Waiver/Alteration of IRB Fees

The Associate Director, Director, and/or Chair of the UTHSC IRB shall have the flexibility to alter or waive the fees for particular projects based on extenuating circumstances. Documentation of any waiver or alteration of the IRB fee(s) will be noted in the study record in iMedRIS.


For questions regarding:

  • IRB review, fee invoicing, and assessment - contact the IRB Associate Director, Director, or Chair at (901) 448-4824
  • For the facilitation of a clinical trial - contact Elaine Todd, JD at (901) 448-3303
  • External funding for research and other sponsored projects – contact Deborah Smith, EdD at (901) 448-4823

Last Published: Sep 30, 2016