Institutional Review Board

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For updated information regarding human protections, notably the revisions to the Common Rule for the protection of human research participants go into effect on January 21, 2019, please see the Human Research Protection Program website or send an e-mail to This website will be retired later in 2019.

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Protection of Human Subjects in Research


IRB: Federal changes to reduce burden for human participant researchers to take effect January 21, 2019

Learn more how this will impact Virginia Tech

Winter break

University offices (including the IRB) will be closed starting at 5 p.m. on December 21 and will re-open on January 2. Protocols submitted during that time will not be reviewed until after the break, and will then be reviewed in the order they were submitted.

Deadline notice

The deadline for submission for the January convened meeting will be December 21.

Streamlined process for external IRB reviews launches Oct. 22

The Human Subjects Research Protections Program (HRPP) has implemented changes to the online Institutional Review Board (IRB) Protocol Management System to streamline the submission process and improve researcher experience.

Updates will be launched on October 22, 2018. These changes will improve the process for requesting use of the commercial IRB review process.

As research initiatives continue to grow throughout the Virginia Tech campus and community, the division of Scholarly Integrity and Research Compliance facilitates scholarly excellence by fostering ethical decision-making and ensuring research regulatory compliance. HRPP and the IRB are committed to protecting the rights of and ensuring the safety of human subjects participating in research conducted by faculty, staff, and students of the university.

Read more about the changes to the Online IRB Protocol Management Sytem

(7-2-18) Progress Notice - VT-IRB/WIRB collaboration to address IRB backlog (Click Here)

(3-5-18) Notice regarding revised IRB submission processing times and an alternative, potentially faster, IRB review pathway (Click Here)

(1-29-18) Revised Guidance addressing the New NIH Single IRB (sIRB) Policy for Multi-Site Research

The Virginia Tech IRB is currently unable to serve as the sIRB for multi-site studies. The VT IRB will work with principle investigators to choose from several options, including the use of an approved independent or commercial IRB.

  • To view updated Virginia Tech guidance regarding NIH's Single Institutional Review Boards (sIRB) policy, click here.
  • For more information on selecting an alternate sIRB, click here.

  • Researchers interested in completing an IRB application, assistance with the development of human subject forms (e.g., consent forms), and resources related to human research visit our Researchers webpage.
  • Virginia Tech's Federalwide Assurance number is FWA00000572, which expires on January 29, 2021. (learn more about the VT IRB)
  • Interested in free statistical service, research and education? LISA (Virginia Tech's Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) provides free statistical collaboration to all members of the VT community. (learn more)
  • View the links to the left for more information and options.


Virginia Tech is committed to protecting the rights of and ensuring the safety of human subjects participating in research conducted by faculty, staff and students of the University and for research in which Virginia Tech is engaged. This commitment is vested in the Institutional Review Board for Research Involving Human Subjects (the IRB), and is guided by the ethical principles described in the “Belmont Report” and in applicable federal regulations.