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The Johns Hopkins University is committed to protecting the rights and welfare of individuals participating as subjects in research. All human participant research conducted under the auspices of the University is evaluated by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) to ensure that the rights and welfare of participants are fully protected.

The Homewood Institutional Review Board (HIRB) serves the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Whiting School of Engineering, School of Education, Carey Business School, Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Peabody Institute, and Applied Physics Laboratory. HIRB is responsible for reviewing all research projects involving human participants conducted in these divisions. This policy applies to all faculty, staff, and student research projects, whether or not a project is funded and regardless of the location at which the research will be conducted.

This site provides resources to help guide investigators through the HIRB application and review process. We also have included information on HIRB policies and procedures, HIRB membership and meeting calendar, education and training, and other resources for members, investigators, and participants.

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News & Announcements

Notice of New NIH Policy on Issuing Certificates of Confidentiality

Effective October 1, 2017, all ongoing or new research funded wholly or in part by NIH as of December 13, 2016 that is collecting or using identifiable, sensitive information is automatically issued a Certificate of Confidentiality (Certificate) as a term and condition of NIH grant awards. Identifiable, sensitive information is information about an individual, gathered… Read more »


Preparing for the NIH’s Single IRB Review Requirement

As of January 2018*, all competing National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant applications for multi-site research require a plan for use of a single IRB. This training will review NIH’s new policy for single IRB review and its implications; discuss how JHU will address the single IRB review requirement; provide advice on how to continue to provide… Read more »