Institutional Review Board for Health Sciences Research (IRB-HSR)

Getting Started

Coming to UVA? Welcome from the IRB!

The Institutional Review Board for Health Sciences Research (IRB-HSR) at the University of Virginia (UVA) is responsible for reviewing all medically related research involving human subjects conducted by UVA faculty, employees and students. The IRB-HSR also serves as the HIPAA Privacy Board for research involving Protected Health Information (PHI).

If you would like to rely on a non-UVA IRB to serve as the IRB of Record for a study UVA will review the request to rely on a non-UVA IRB on a case by case basis. Before beginning any submission, contact the IRB-HSR Director 434-924-9634 to discuss the option of relying on a non-UVA IRB. If the use of the non-UVA IRB is agreed upon, the study team will submit an IRB Reliance Agreement Request Form – non-UVA IRB as IRB of Record to the IRB-HSR. The researchers will then proceed to Protocol Builder to create a submission to the IRB-HSR. Even though the UVA IRB-HSR will not serve as the IRB of Record, they are responsible for verifying that other compliance and educational requirements are met.


IRB-HSR Office Contact Information

IRB-HSR Staff Directory

The IRB-HSR maintains a website, an application program called Protocol Builder and a database called IRB Online which includes information about protocols on which you are working.

IRB-HSR Website

Protocol Builder and IRB Online

Where to Start

  1. If you have not done so already obtain a UVA ID by completing and submitting this form.
  2. If you need to work on an application to the IRB prior to your arrival at UVA, obtain a Digital Certificate and a UVA Anywhere VPN. To do this contact UVA Help Desk or ITS website.
  3. Complete and submit the New UVA Researcher Information Form if you are transferring to UVA and will be doing any of the following:
    1. Continue to work on a research protocol at your previous institution after you have transferred to UVA. Protocol will not be opened at UVA.
    2. Transfer data /specimens to UVA from your previous institution
    3. Open a new protocol at UVA which is ongoing at your previous institution.
  4. If you are bringing data or specimens with you, you will need to speak to one of the following people who can advise you regarding HIPAA requirements for that transfer of data and or specimens:
    1. Margaret Ball 434-243-0639
    2. Susie Hoffman 434-924-9634>
  5. When you are ready to begin an application to the IRB for a new protocol, enter Protocol Builder and begin the application process. For your initial IRB submission, unless you are working with an individual who has experience with the UVA IRB application process, you are strongly encouraged to call one of the following people the IRB-HSR office:
    1. Margaret Ball 434-243-0639
    2. Susie Hoffman 434-924-9634
  6. Additional information may be found on the IRB-HSR Website Page: Getting Started.