Research involving students, faculty, or staff at Miami Dade College (MDC) requires prior authorization.

At MDC, approval of research applications is a two-step process: First, MDC's Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews research applications involving human subjects. Once approved by MDC’s IRB, research applications are reviewed by the College Academic and Student Support Council (CASSC) Research & Testing Committee.

Researchers should allow for 6–8 weeks for application reviews. Data collection may not begin until the researcher receives notification that his or her application has been approved by MDC’s IRB and the CASSC Research & Testing Committee.

Research Application Review Schedule

Incomplete applications or research applications submitted after the deadline will be considered during the next scheduled review cycle

Research Application Review Schedule
Research Application Deadline MDC IRB Review CASSC Research & Testing Committee Review Notification to Research Applicants
December 31, 2021 January 24, 2022 January 31, 2022 By February 14, 2022
January 28, 2022 February 14, 2022 February 28, 2022 By March 14, 2022
March 4, 2022 March 28, 2021 April 4, 2022 By April 18, 2022
April 8, 2022 May 2, 2022 May 9, 2022 By May 23, 2022
May 27, 2022 June 20, 2022 June 27, 2022 By July 11, 2022
June 24, 2022 July 18, 2022 July 25, 2022 By August 8, 2022
July 29, 2022 August 22, 2022 August 29, 2022 By September 12, 2022
August 19, 2022 September 12, 2022 September 19, 2022 By October 3, 2022
September 30, 2022 October 24, 2022 October 31, 2022 By November 14 2022
November 4, 2022 November 28, 2022 December 5, 2022 By December 12, 2022
December 30, 2022 January 23, 2023 January 30, 2023 By February 13, 2023

Note: Schedule subject to change

Research Application

Researchers should compile all required documentation prior to submission. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Miami Dade College Research Application

Change of Research Application

Changes to research applications that have been previously approved must be reviewed prior to implementation of changes.

Miami Dade College Change of Research Application

Resources

Research Design and Methodology Technical Assistance

Upon request, the Office of Institutional Research (IR) provides technical assistance regarding research design, methodology, and feasibility prior to submission of research applications. To request a consultation, please contact oie@mdc.edu.

Note that technical assistance provided by IR staff does not constitute review and approval by MDC’s IRB and CASSC Research & Testing Committee.

Human Subjects Research Training

Research applications must include documentation that the Principal and Co-Investigators have successfully completed training in the responsible conduct of research. Completion of one of the following training courses satisfies this requirement.

In addition, the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) offers a variety of free online trainings for the research community on human research protections based on the principles of the Belmont Report and the requirements of the revised Common Rule (or 2018 Requirements).  Click on the links below to review their information.

Student Research Projects

Research conducted by MDC students as part of classroom assignments may require review and approval. Guidance is available here.

Procedures

Sample Forms

Informed Consent Template

Terms of Data Use

Researchers who use data provided by the Office of Institutional Research agree to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness terms of data use.