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Conducting Research at MDC

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 Deadline

MDC IRB Review

CASSC Research & Testing Committee Review

Notification to Research Applicants

May 24, 2019 June 17, 2019 June 24, 2019 By July 8, 2019
June 28, 2019 July 22, 2019 July 29, 2019 By August 12, 2019
July 26, 2019 August 19, 2019 August 26, 2019 By September 9, 2019
August 30, 2019 September 23, 2019 September 30, 2019 By October 14, 2019
September 27, 2019 October 21, 2019 October 28, 2019 By November 11, 2019
November 1, 2019 November 25, 2019 December 2, 2019 By December 16, 2019
Note: Schedule subject to change


Research Application

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


Change of Research Application

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




MDC Institutional Review Board (IRB)

MDC IRB Roster


CASSC Research & Testing Committee

CASSC Research & Testing Committee Roster


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

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.

Protection of Human Subjects Training Request Form
This training is provided free to MDC employees and students who need certification as a requirement of coursework, grant work or any other College-related business. 

Protecting Human Research Participants Online Training (fees apply)
Note: This training replaced NIH's free training course which is no longer be available after September 26, 2018. 

National Institutes of Health “Protecting Human Research Participants” Course (no cost)

Note: NIH has announced that this training course will no longer be available after September 26, 2018. Please complete the course and/or print your certificate by this date to ensure compliance with the Protection of Human Research Participants associated with the IRB research application requirement. The NIH Protecting Human Research Participants certificate is valid for 5 years. The Office of Institutional Research is currently researching no-cost alternatives.

CITI Program Social-Behavioral-Educational (SBE) Basic Course (fees apply)


Student Research Projects

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



Miami Dade College Procedure 1321 – Authorization to Conduct Research

Standard Operating Procedures Regarding Approval of Research Applications


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.


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