Fees

Washington University has implemented a fee schedule for use of services provided by the Human Research Protection Office (HRPO) and the Washington University Institutional Review Boards (IRBs). See table below for current fee schedules.

HRPO and the IRBs commit their full resources to each activity related to human subjects research services. The following policies apply to fees:

  • Fees are to be paid in full regardless of the ultimate disposition of the research application. Fees are payable regardless of the following:
    • The submission is withdrawn
    • The study is not approved
    • Participants are never enrolled
    • A research contract is never executed
    • The study is terminated before the study objectives are achieved.

Fee Payment Information:

Once a study is submitted, HRPO will create an invoice charging the department on file.  When submitting a Request to Rely (RTR), an authorized department official must attest that their department takes full responsibility for paying the review fee within 30 days of invoice.

HRPO’s internal invoices (billing WU departments) are a part of the university’s automatic payment structure and must be paid within 30 days.  All Interdepartmental Invoices (IDs), created by HRPO, must remain in an “Open” or “Sent” status until final departmental approval occurs.  In some limited extenuating circumstances, the HRPO Executive Director may consider modification of the assessment of IRB fees.  All requests must be submitted in writing PRIOR to submission of the applicable IRB form, by the investigator and include a rationale for requesting the fee modification.

If the funding source is a non-federal entity, it is the Principal Investigator’s responsibility to incorporate the appropriate IRB fees in the funding agreement. It is recommended that language be included in the agreement indicating the funder will pay applicable IRB fees rather than designating a specific amount as fees may change over the course of the study.  Be sure to include all applicable institutional and department overhead charges.

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Fellowship (F), Training (T), and Research Career Program Grants (K) are only subject to fees if the grant provides funding
for the research itself. Salary support for the trainee(s) does not constitute funding for the research. To obtain a budget
to include in your funding application at current rates, contact HRPO at 314.747.6800.

*Charges for modifications include any type of modification except research team member changes