UNC Institutional Review Board (IRB)

All research projects conducted under the auspices of the university (e.g., by faculty, students, or staff) involving human subjects must be reviewed and approved by the university's Institutional Review Board (IRB). Faculty, students and staff planning human research must submit requests for IRB approval prior to any data collection.

UNC Regulations and procedures regarding the use of human subjects are guided by the ethical principles set forth in the Belmont Report. The university and the IRB adhere to the federal regulations found at CFR Title 45, Part 46.The role of the IRB is to support UNC researchers in conforming to ethical standards for the protection of human subjects, researchers, and the university. The IRB is committed to carrying out this charge in a manner that will support and assist researchers.



NOTE: If you have questions regarding recruitment of research participants, please contact Bob Houser, AVP for Research and Sponsored Programs.

  • UNC Data Security Plan
    As part of the IRB application, researchers need to identify any data that are stored electronically and that if disclosed, would cause material or legal harm to research participants. Researchers who are collecting, handling, or storing such data must define their security level, as specified in the UNC Data Security Plan, and submit an application to UNC Information Management and Technology (IM&T).

NOTE: If you have questions regarding data security, please contact Forrest Swick, Office of Information Security.