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Human Subjects in Research

The mission of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to protect the rights, dignity, and welfare of all human subjects who participate in research programs at Lehigh University. The IRB's authority extends to all human subjects research conducted using any property or facility of Lehigh University, and under the direction of any employee, student, faculty member, or agent of the University. The IRB supports Lehigh University's dedication to excellence in research by promoting the ethical principles of respect for persons, beneficence, and justice as discussed in the Belmont Report.

Human Subjects Federal Wide Assurance (expires 04/17/2020) FWA00003041
IRB Number ( (expires 04/20/2018) IRB00002553

Meeting Schedule: The IRB committee meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month (except March which is usually the 3rd week due to Spring Break).

Submitting Applications: Protocol applications must be submitted through IRBNet is secure, web-based, and easy to use.  You may access IRBNet from virtually any computer using a web browser by visiting You may self-register as part of the Lehigh University community and immediately begin using IRBNet for your submission. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The IRB recommends submitting applications at least six weeks in advance of the anticipated research start date. Applications requiring full board review must be submitted at least four weeks in advance of the meeting date. Research with human subjects may not be conducted without the advanced approval of the IRB.
IRBNet Log-in and Training Materials:

Protecting Human Research Participants Training: All faculty, staff, and students conducting research are required to complete the NIH's online tutorial, "Protecting Human Research Participants".

Lehigh University's complete Human Subjects Policy: Human Subjects Policy (.doc)

Sample Informed Consent Documents:

Regulations, Guidance, and Educational Materials: For regulations, guidance and excellent educational materials on the protection of human subjects in research go to the Office of Human Research Protections.

Contact:  Naomi E. Coll, Ext 82985 or or Susan Disidore, Ext 83020 or

Office of Vice President and Associate Provost for Research and Graduate Studies • Lehigh University • 7 Asa Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18015 • (610) 758-2585