Human Subjects Determination Form

New IAA Application

New Faculty / staff onboarding program

Join the BHRAG!

The Brown Human Research Advisory Group (BhRAG) is a cross-institutional advisory committee to the HRPP that meets a few times per year to provide feedback on new and ongoing processes, policies, and forms from the perspective of Brown's research community. In addition, this group is charged with bringing information back to their respective areas to share information and regulatory changes with their colleagues. If you are engaged in human subjects research at Brown as an investigator / member of a research team, or otherwise provide close support and guidance to human subjects, we welcome you to join the BhRAG! Please email us at [email protected] to express your interest.

Human Subjects Determination Form

HRPP has a NEW Human Subjects Determination Form. This self-determination form should be used when an external sponsor, journal, or other entity requires documentation that your project does not meet the federal definition of human subjects research. Evidence of this requirement must be included with the Determination Form."

New iaa application

We heard your concerns about the IRB Authorization Agreement (IAA) process and the HRPP has updated our IAA Application (formerly IAA Form #3)! In an effort to reduce additional inquiries during the IAA process, the revised application provides more guidance and requests a broader scope of information. Additionally, the IAA Amendment Application serves as a single submission for requesting a collaboration on approved protocols. No more separate Amendment Request Forms needed!


ORI's Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement program is pleased to announce a new onboarding offering for new faculty conducting human subjects research and their support staff. These one-on-one, in-person on-boarding sessions provide hands-on orientation to the HRPP’s/IRB’s website, forms, processes and policies. The goal is to facilitate a more efficient and timely IRB application review and approval process. These sessions can also be provided to new research teams and are not limited to one-on-one; if a new faculty member is onboarding to Brown, but still at another institution, this offering can also be provided via phone or Zoom. Contact Christiana Provencal, QA/QI Administrator, to schedule a session!

additional assistance

Need assistance with preparing a new IRB protocol or an amendment? Determining if a proposed project requires IRB review? Applying IRB-related policies or procedures?

Contact an appropriate HRPP team member to set up a time to discuss.

Learn more about the *NEW* centralized submission, review, negotiation and approval process for Data Use Agreements here!


Did you know about NIH's New Funding Opportunities for Basic Experimental Studies Involving Humans? Read more here.