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, and Peabody Institute. 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

Revised JHU Policy on Conflict of Interest In Research

As Johns Hopkins prepares for the January 25, 2018 effective date of the NIH requirement that all domestic, multi-site, non-exempt research studies utilize a single IRB (“sIRB”), adjustments have been made to the JHU Policy on Individual Financial Interests and Financial Conflicts of Interest in Research. The updated policy can be found at http://web.jhu.edu/conflict_of_interest/JHU_Policies. The… Read more »

Understanding the Changes to the Federal Policy on Protection of Human Subjects (the Common Rule) – A Review of the Changes & Tips to Ensure Compliance

A revised version of the federal rule governing Human Subjects Research (i.e. the Common Rule) is currently scheduled to go into effect on January 19, 2018. All studies approved on or after the effective date must comply with the new rule. For new studies submitted after the effective date and for studies where the initial… Read more »