The JHU Homewood Institutional Review Board (HIRB) is charged with assuring that human participant research studies conducted at JHU Homewood, by JHU affiliated individuals, or studies specifically recruiting individuals affiliated with JHU comply with JHU policies and federal regulations designed to protect human participants. This charge extends to social and behavioral research conducted at certain institutions affiliated with JHU or research conducted by personnel of those institutions working elsewhere, specifically the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and Peabody. Medical research should be reviewed by either the JHU School of Medicine IRB or the Bloomberg School of Public Health IRB on the East Baltimore campus.
Please note: Undergraduate students conducting research without “on the ground” oversight by the PI are only permitted to conduct research that meets one of the exempt categories that does not require a Limited IRB Review. See “For Student Researchers” below for further details.
All investigators and research team members must complete training in the protection of human research participants prior to submission of applications for HIRB approval. The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) offers a training module that can be completed online. Investigators should select the human subjects training that is most applicable to their research project, or, if unsure, should complete the Social/Behavioral Training module or call the HIRB to ask which training is the most appropriate. You do not need to complete the Responsible Conduct of Research Training for IRB purposes. Training is valid for five years. Please read the Instructions for HIRB Training Through CITI.