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Human Subjects in Research

The Institutional Review Board's (IRB) mission 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 05/09/2022) FWA00003041
IRB Organization (IORG) registration (expires 05/12/2020) IORG0002036
IRB Standard Operating Procedures and Policies:
IRB Committee Meeting Schedule: The IRB committee meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month (except when the date falls on a break scheduled on the academic calendar).
Submitting Applications: Protocol applications must be submitted through IRBNet is secure, web-based, and easy to use and accessible from virtually any computer. 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:
Tutorial: New User Registration - self-registering online; managing training and credentials.
Tutorial: New Project Submission - designing, sharing, signing, submitting new projects. Managing approval documents and automatic expiration alerts.
Tutorial: Submitting Subsequent Packages and other Advanced Topics - update and revise project documents for resubmission, submit subsequent packages, manage continuing reviews, review and manage messages, alerts, and reminders.
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".

Federal OHRP 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.

Frequently Asked Questions: Click here for a list of FAQs about the IRB and conducting human subjects research at Lehigh University.
IRB for Humanists: PowerPoint from IRB for Humanists in-person workshop
IRB Forms:
Request for a Waiver of IRB Review for Class Projects Form (must be completed and submitted by faculty)
IRB Guidance:
IRB Contacts: 

Naomi E. Coll, MPH, CPH, CIP
Manager of Research Integrity

Matthew Dohn, Ph.D.
Research Integrity Specialist

Research Integrity
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