Coastal Bend College (CBC) upholds the highest standards in the ethical conduct of research, including the protection of human participants, while enabling its faculty, staff and students to conduct research in a timely and efficient manner.  The primary mission of Coastal Bend Colleges Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to facilitate those objectives by reviewing, approving, modifying or disapproving research protocols submitted by CBC researchers. The IRB process is based on rules and regulations for federally funded research, primarily the provisions of Protection of Human Subject in the Code of Federal Regulations (45 CFR 46), and supporting materials such as the Belmont Report. The CBC  IRB strives to create on campus a culture of respect for, and awareness of, the rights and welfare of human research participants, while advancing knowledge and facilitating the highest quality research.   

    The IRB will review each research request and make individual determinations as those request are received. Please note, if you are using Coastal Bend College data that appears on our website, under common data sets, you are not required to have IRB approval of any kind. For a Human Subjects Research Application, or for any other information related to Human Subjects research at Coastal Bend College, please contact our office at research@coastalbend.edu.