Human Research and the IRB

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) at the University of Texas at Austin is charged with reviewing all research conducted under the auspices of UT Austin. The purpose of an IRB is to ensure research involving humans applies ethical principles and complies with federal regulatory requirements for protecting the rights and welfare of human participants. UT Austin has 2 IRBs – a Social Behavioral research IRB and a Health Science research IRB. The human research protection program and the UT Austin IRBs have been accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Participants (AAHRPP) since 2006.

News and Alerts

IRB Virtual Office Hours

IRB staff are holding open virtual office hours via Zoom every Wednesday 10-11am. Attend our virtual office hours by joining our Zoom meeting:

Converting a study from IRBaccess to UTRMS-IRB

See the latest step-by-step guidance on how to convert an existing human subjects research study from IRBaccess to the new electronic system, UTRMS-IRB.

Human Subjects Research Restart

Beginning September 23, 2020, UT principal investigators may apply to resume certain types of human subjects research that have been paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For information regarding research restart, refer to the Human Subjects Research Restart guidance.


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