Become a Board Member

The CIRB consists of four boards, each addressing different types of trials. New board members are appointed in the fall timeframe with an orientation day in early December.  New board members assume their role in January.

We accept applications throughout the year.  If you are interested in applying, please fill out the NCI CIRB Board Member Application and the Conflict of Interest Screening Worksheet and submit to


  • Each CIRB includes Ethicists, Nurses, Patient Advocates, Pharmacists, Physicians, and Statisticians.
  • Each CIRB has a different area of specialization (see below) and may require additional board members to ensure the proper expertise is represented.
  • Members serve on one of four CIRBs - refer to list below.
  • Prior IRB experience is preferred, but not required.
  • NCI employees and contractors are not eligible to serve on the CIRB. 
  • CIRB meetings are scheduled for four hours in length and are conducted via web-enhanced teleconference.
  • Occasionally members are asked to serve as a consultant reviewer for other CIRBs.


  • Are dedicated to protection of research participants.
  • Have strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Are comfortable articulating opinions.
  • Enjoy working in a collaborative environment.
  • Are accomplished in their areas of expertise.



CIRB Specialization Meeting Schedule
Adult CIRB – Late Phase Emphasis Phase 3 Cancer Treatment Trials
  • 1st and 3rd Thursday, monthly
  • 9 am – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
Adult CIRB - Early Phase Emphasis Early Phase Treatment Trials
  • 1st and 3rd Tuesday, monthly
  • 10 am – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
Cancer Prevention & Control CIRB Cancer Prevention, Control, and Care & Delivery Research
  • 4th Thursday, monthly
  • 9 am – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
Pediatric CIRB Pediatric Treatment, Prevention, Control and Care & Delivery research
  • 2nd Thursday, monthly
  • 11 am – 3:00 pm (Eastern)


To learn more about each board and what areas of responsibility they cover, see About the Boards in the About section of this website.


  • CIRB members participate in an orientation program designed to provide knowledge of applicable human subject protection regulations and procedures and the ability to apply the ethical principles underlying protection of study participants.
  • Continuing Education participation for CIRB members is required.  Training is offered during the year, typically in webinar format. Additionally, there may be opportunity for in-person education days when appropriate. 


  1. Maintain knowledge of regulations and policies pertaining to human research.
  2. Maintain knowledge of CIRB policies pertaining to serving as a CIRB member.
  3. Understand the Conflict of Interest Policy for CIRB members and disclose potential or known conflicts of interest.
  4. Review all materials received and/or electronically posted prior to meetings.
  5. Attend regularly scheduled CIRB meetings via teleconference and ePanel©.
  6. Engage in discussions and vote at CIRB meetings.
  7. When assigned, serve as primary reviewer for scheduled reviews and submit a written review of the assigned study using the appropriate reviewer form within the designated timeframe.
  8. Maintain confidentiality of CIRB discussions and all meeting materials.
  9. Respond in a timely manner to requests from CIRB Operations Office.


Thank you for your interest in the CIRB for the National Cancer Institute. If you have any questions or would like to speak to someone, please contact us at or call 888-657-3711.   


If you are interested in becoming a board member, please refer to the following: