Institutional Review Board (IRB)

What is the IRB?

The IRB is a diverse body of Brown faculty researchers, physicians, staff and unaffiliated community members appointed by Brown’s Vice President for Research and charged with reviewing human subject research protocols to uphold two broad standards

  • To ensure that participants are not placed at undue risk; and

  • ​To ensure that participants give informed consent to their participation free of coercion or undue influence

To this end, projects that meet the regulatory definition of human subject research must be reviewed and approved by the IRB prior to initiation.

For additional information about the Brown IRB, click here.

What is the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP)?

The HRPP is the administrative office dedicated to facilitating the submission, review and approval of IRB protocols and providing individual assistance to researchers whenever needed to support their human subject research.  Click here to see all of the HRPP resources and services available to researchers.

Federalwide Assurance (FWA)

Brown University holds a Federalwide Assurance, number 00004460, with the Office for Human Research Protection (OHRP) in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). This FWA is a binding agreement between DHHS and Brown University and is renegotiated at regular intervals.