Skip to main content

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.

FWA #: FWA00005834


News & Announcements

Guidance on Payments to Research Subjects – Elimination of Use of VCN Form

We are writing to inform the research community of a change in our practices for reporting and accounting for payments made to research subjects (“participants”) enrolled in certain studies at Johns Hopkins University – those that anticipate using a VCN form. Payments for participation in human subject research constitute taxable income to the participant for […]

eHIRB Update Delay

Please be aware that the Homewood IRB’s electronic protocol system, eHIRB, is undergoing required revisions in order to be compliant with the Revised Common Rule, 45 CFR Part 46. The process will be complete on or near February 1, 2019. This may cause a delay in approval of new IRB applications only. Previously approved applications […]

Changes in the NIH Management of Genomic Summary Results Access Policy

The NIH recently announced changes in the NIH Management of Genomic Summary Results Access Policy (available at: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-19-023.html) , which will permit unrestricted download of genomic summary results data by third parties from the NIH Database of Genotypes and Phenotypes (“dbGaP”). Please note these changes apply to the sharing of summary results only and do […]