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August 24, 2020 

UNH has moved to Phase 4 in its Plan for UNH’s Resumption of Research Activity.  Phase 4 allows limited, low-risk face-to-face human subjects research to start or resume.  Projects that may be approved to start or resume in Phase 4 are those in Groups 2 or 3 on the Considerations for Resuming Human Subjects Research document.   

In order to resume an IRB-approved project that involves face-to-face human subjects research in Groups 2 or 3, researchers need to follow the guidance and instructions on the COVID-19 Resuming Research page in order to receive approval from the Office of Research, Economic Engagement and Outreach, the applicable Dean/Director, and the Office of Environmental Health and Safety.   

In order to start a project that involves face-to-face human subjects research in Groups 2 or 3, researchers need to follow the guidance and instructions on the COVID-19 Resuming Research page to receive approval from the Office of Research, Economic Engagement and Outreach, the applicable Dean/Director, and the Office of Environmental Health and Safety (put  0000 as the IRB Approval # in the form), and once approved, submit an application to the UNH IRB and attach documentation of the aforementioned approval . 

Once researchers have both these approvals in hand for a study, they may start their work involving human subjects. 


The University of New Hampshire (UNH) recognizes its responsibility to produce and disseminate knowledge in accordance with its mission of research, teaching, and public service. When non-human models are insufficient, use of human subjects in research is an integral aspect of scholarly activity at UNH. UNH recognizes its ethical and legal responsibilities to provide a mechanism to protect individuals involved as subjects in research conducted under the auspices of UNH.

Accordingly, to protect the rights and welfare of every human subject involved in research activities, UNH has a policy on the use of human subjects in research and an Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research (IRB) that oversees the program of protecting human subjects at UNH according to established procedures.

UNH policy on use of human subjects in research 

Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research (IRB)

unh irb procedures manual

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Contact Information

Melissa McGee, Compliance Officer
Research Integrity Services
Service Building, Room 106B
51 College Road
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: (603) 862-2005
Email: melissa.mcgee@unh.edu

Susan Jalbert, Compliance Officer
Research Integrity Services
Service Building Room 107
51 College Road
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: (603) 862-3536
Email: susan.jalbert@unh.edu

Julie Simpson, Director
Research Integrity Services
Service Building Room 107
51 College Road
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: (603) 862-2003
Email: julie.simpson@unh.edu