The purpose of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to safeguard the rights and welfare of human subjects involved in research activities conducted at or sponsored by Lawrence University.

The IRB assures compliance with the governing federal regulations for human subject research set forth by the Office of Human Subject Research Protection (OHRP). The OHRP is the federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) responsible for implementing regulations (45 CFR part 46) governing Biomedical, Behavioral and Social Sciences, and Humanities research involving living human subjects or human biological specimens. These regulations are also known as the Final Rule. The Lawrence IRB is formally registered with the OHRP and the University complies with the terms of the Federalwide Assurance (FWA). This means that the University assures that all of its activities related to human subjects research, regardless of the source of support, will be guided by the basic principles set forth in The Belmont Report - respect for persons, beneficence, and justice – in the discharge of its responsibilities for protecting the rights and welfare of human subjects of research conducted at or sponsored by the institution.   

Lawrence University fosters a culture of compliance and requires all research involving humans, regardless of sponsorship, to comply with these regulations and principles governing human subject research.

Does my project require IRB review?

Deciding whether a project requires IRB review is sometimes complex.  The project must involve "human subjects" and be considered "research" under the definitions provided by the OHRP (45 CFR 46.102).  Click on "Do I need IRB approval?" on the left navigation bar for more information.

Which Forms Should I Complete?

The IRB requires several forms to be submitted before your application is considered “complete” and ready for review. Click on "Forms and Templates" on the left navigation bar for instructions and forms.