AAHRPP/ Smart IRBAs part of the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) at the University of Virginia, the Institutional Review Board for the Social and Behavioral Sciences (IRB-SBS) is the IRB responsible for reviewing all non-medical behavioral human research (studies which are considered medically non-invasive) for compliance with federally-mandated research guidelines. Review of human subjects research is required for funded and non-funded research and for research conducted by faculty, students, and all those under the purview of the University of Virginia.

Looking for the IRB-HSR (the IRB responsible for reviewing all medical human research)? Visit their website: https://research.virginia.edu/irb-hsr


  • New Update!

  • ResearchMatch: Recruitment made easier! ResearchMatch is a free and secure tool that researchers use to invite Volunteers to take part in their health research studies. Please see the iTHRIV portal and ResearchMatch to learn more about it!

  • iProtocol has been updated with two new sections related to multi-institutional research.  These are:

    • New Section: IRB of Record (non-UVA Institution)
    • New Section: non-UVA Institutions (in the United States)
  • Student Support: Need Student Support? Drop in: Thursdays, 2-4PM, Room 227, Georges Student Center, 2nd Floor Clemons. 
  • International Research: Doing an international study? Check out our new International Research Data Source question in iProtocol as well as updated guidance on the GDPR and a new GDPR Informed Consent Addendum
  • Electronic Consent: Check out our updated guidance on Electronic Consent, electronic signatures, etc. In addition, check out our updated consent templates in Consent Templates
  • Delete an iProtocol: iProtocols in the Trash/Recycle Bin can be permanently deleted. See Move an iProtocol to Trash/Recycle Bin
  • Withdraw an iProtocol: iProtocol now allows you to request a withdrawal from review. See Withdraw an iProtocol
  • Move an iProtocol to Trash/Recycle Bin: iProtocol now allows you to sort protocols from the Protocol Management page to the Trash/Recycle Bin. See Move an iProtocol to Trash/Recycle Bin
  • Protocol History: iProtocol now displays a protocol's history. See Protocol History.
  • Close an iProtocol: iProtocol now allows you to close your study. See Closing an iProtocol.


UVA’s Human Research Protection Program advises researchers to follow UVA’s COVID-19 prevention policies while conducting human subjects research. These policies, including wearing masks, are described on UVA’s COVID-19 site.

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