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Welcome to the The IRB for Social and Behavioral Sciences (IRB-SBS) website. Our office reviews all non-medical behavioral human research (studies which are considered medically non-invasive). Are you new to our site and/or office? Check out the Quick Guides for help!

News & Announcements

  • Recent policy changes require that all IRB-SBS protocols include an "Investigator Agreement" with a department chair's signature in addition to the principal investigator’s signature and faculty sponsor signature (for undergraduate and graduate students). The IRB-SBS Protocol forms now include the updated signature section in the Investigator Agreement (first page of the protocol after the instructions).
  • Pardon our dust: The UVA HRPP is undergoing AAHRPP accreditation and will soon transition our SOPs to new human subjects research federal regulations which will be relevant in July.  To help our researchers navigate this new process and improve our office processes in general, the IRB-SBS is developing a new online submission and review program—IRBOnline, which will be available this summer. In concert with IRBOnline, we will have a new version of our website as well. During our transition phase, some elements on the website may be outdated and not reflect new regulations, etc., but we hope to have updated content posted as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience with our office as we make this transition and welcome any questions you have regarding upcoming protocol submissions.
  • Missing a document in your files? Good record keeping is essential to human subjects research. If you are missing a document, you can submit a request for a digital copy using the Digital Copies Request Form. However, please check your files first before making the request. For more information, see Record Keeping and Requesting Digital Copies.
  • Looking for the IRB-HSR? Check out their website.

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