External Research Request


External Research Requests 

Thank you for your interest in conducting research at the Long Beach Community College District! This page will provide information about the process for obtaining District approval to conduct a research project utilizing our student or employee populations for meeting requirements for a graduate level degree at an institution other than Long Beach City College.  

If you are a Long Beach City College employee seeking research support from the IE Office that is unrelated to requirements for a graduate level degree, please go here.

LBCC’s Review Process 


LBCC does not have an Internal Review Board (IRB), so the local review process focuses less on compliance with federal regulations for human subjects research, and more on assessing the impacts of the research proposal on District resources, including but not limited to, staff time and energy, survey fatigue, accessibility, and student needs. 

An IRB application and approval from your degree granting institution are required for you to conduct research at LBCC.  

Steps for Submitting an Application

Please read all of the information on this page prior to submitting your application form or sending emails. Incomplete submissions may require a longer review time and/or resubmission. 

  1. Submit a completed application form using the link at the bottom of this page. A PDF with the questions in the application is also at the bottom of this page to empower you to prepare responses before submission.  
  2. Submit your completed IRB application and approval letter (two separate documents) from your degree granting institution to research@lbcc.edu with the subject line starting with your last name and including “IRB application and approval”. 
    • If your IRB requires a letter of commitment from the District prior to approval, please email your draft IRB application (as fully complete as possible) and remove “and approval” from the subject line. 
  3. Please note that messages in the email will not be included in the review as the application form provides space for sharing about your proposed research. 
  4. Once completed and submitted, your application will enter the queue to be reviewed in the order in which it was received. Due to the large volume of requests received, we must limit the number of approvals. In the case of a tie when both projects cannot be approved, the first project submitted will be selected. 
  5. Reviews occur monthly during the first week of each month or in the 2nd week of the month due to District demands on the review team’s time. All applications submitted by the time the review team begins the review process will be included in that month’s review. Applications submitted after the review process commences will be included the following month.  
  6. The review team requires one week to complete the review and prepare documentation. Therefore, you will be informed of the District’s decision in the 2nd or 3rd week of the month. For example, if you submit your application on April 21st, you will be informed in the 2nd or 3rd week of May. If you submit your application on May 2nd and the review team has not begun its review process you will also be informed in the 2nd or 3rd week of May. However, if the review team has begun its review process, then your application will be reviewed in June and you will be informed the 2nd or 3rd week of June.  
  7. Decisions are made based on the criteria listed in the CRITERIA section below.  
  8. Once the review team has completed the review, decisions will be emailed to all applicants.  


The following criteria are considered when making approval decisions. Additional criteria may be included in the review at the discretion of the District. 

  • Whether a complete submission was provided 
  • Whether the research is a part of a dissertation, thesis, or class project (N.B. dissertations will be prioritized for consideration over class projects) 
  • Whether the researcher is an employee of Long Beach City College  
  • What research methodology is being used and what population is being focused on because we must limit survey fatigue and population-related constraints 
  • What local work is occurring with the population of focus 
  • The amount of time or energy the project may require from District staff 
  • How the project will benefit students 
  • The number of concurrent requests made to the District at a given time 

Application Questions Preview

Click on the button below to fill out the application:

External Research Request Application