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

At UNH, the primary purpose of the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research (IRB) is to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects by ensuring that physical, psychological, legal, and/or social risks to subjects are minimized, and when present, justified by the importance of the research, and agreed to by subjects (informed consent).

Secondly, the IRB seeks to protect UNH and researchers from possible adverse consequences of research with human subjects, by assisting researcher with the design of their studies so they comply with federal regulations and UNH requirements.


  • Reviews all research studies involving human subjects,
  • Reviews and addresses concerns involving the use of human subjects in research,
  • Advises faculty, staff and students on the ethical conduct of research involving people,
  • Conducts appropriate reviews of the University's program and develops guidelines to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations,
  • Participates in developing, reviewing, and providing educational opportunities for the UNH community on the use and protection of human subjects in research, and
  • Serves in an advisory capacity to the Senior Vice Provost for Research.

The UNH IRB Procedures Manual sets forth the IRB’s basic operational procedures.

UNH's policy regarding the use of human subjects in research states,

All UNH research activities proposing to involve human subjects must be reviewed and receive written, unconditional approval from the IRB before commencing.

This policy applies to ALL research, including that in the humanities, and behavioral and social sciences regardless of whether it is funded.

UNH's policy

UNH Federalwide Assurance #: FWA00003431
UNH IRB #: IRB00000359


View Human Subjects Knowledge Base

The Knowledge Base contains forms, instruction and training material, policies, guidance, tools, and other resources to support your research efforts by topic area.


Melissa McGee, Compliance Officer
Research Integrity Services
Service Building, Room 106B
51 College Road
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: (603) 862-2005

Julie Simpson, Director,
Research Integrity Services
Service Building Room 107
51 College Road
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: (603) 862-2003