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Homewood Institutional Review Board
Responsible Conduct of Research



Welcome to the Homewood IRB

The Johns Hopkins University is committed to protecting the rights and welfare of individuals participating as subjects in research.  All human participant research conducted under the auspices of the University is evaluated by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) to ensure that the rights and welfare of participants are fully protected.

The Homewood Institutional Review Board (HIRB) serves the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Whiting School of Engineering, School of Education, Carey Business School, Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Peabody Institute, and Applied Physics Laboratory. HIRB is responsible for reviewing all research projects involving human participants conducted in these divisions. This policy applies to all faculty, staff, and student research projects, whether or not a project is funded and regardless of the location at which the research will be conducted.

This site provides resources to help guide investigators through the HIRB application and review process. We also have included information on HIRB policies and procedures, HIRB membership and meeting calendar, education and training, and other resources for investigators, participants, and the community. We hope that you find this site to be a useful resource.

Undergraduate students conducting research without “on the ground” oversight by the PI are only permitted to conduct research that meets one of the exempt categories ( All students conducting research without “on the ground” oversight of the PI are highly encouraged to contact the HIRB as soon as they start seriously considering their research topic.  At this point, the IRB can guide the student on the type of research that will fall into one of the exempt categories and will also guide the student on how to minimize risks to participants.  IRB applications involving student-initiated international research must be submitted to the HIRB at least eight weeks in advance of the planned start date, although students are highly encouraged to contact the IRB well in advance of the eight week period.  Student-initiated international work submitted less than eight weeks in advance of the proposed start date will likely not be approved by the IRB in time.  Students should not make travel arrangements or purchase airline tickets until their IRB protocol is approved.