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Human Research Protection Program

The Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) at the University of Kansas is responsible for reviewing all human subjects research occurring under the auspices of the the Lawrence, Edwards and Juniper Gardens campuses. HRPP includes the administrative office and the Institutional Review Board (IRB) that reviews projects with greater than minimal risk. The HRPP staff works with the KU community and the IRB to ensure that legal and ethical requirements have been met to ensure the safety of all research participants.

Reactivating In-Person Human Subjects Research during COVID-19

The university is taking a phased approach to reactivating in-person human subjects research – prioritizing safety for participants, study team personnel and community members. If it is possible to meet research objectives without face-to-face interactions, you should continue using remote procedures for the foreseeable future. If you are unable to conduct activities remotely and you believe your study may meet Phase 1 dimensions, you may submit a request to KU’s Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) to have your project assessed for possible reactivation.

IRB Resources

Human Research Protection Tutorial Access the KU Human Research Protection CITI tutorial here. Tutorial certification is required every three years.
Investigator Documents Compile all your study materials using the documents on this page. Access the KU Human Research Protocol (required for all new studies), sample consent forms and more.
IRB Policies & Guidance Participant payment information, recruitment guidance, federal policy links and more.
eCompliance - IRB Submission System Submit and manage your study through eCompliance. Access guides and FAQs.
eCompliance Training eCompliance training is available to all users. Training is usually offered once a month in the Budig computer lab. Click the link to sign up. Departmental training is offered upon request.
Revisions to Human Subjects Regulations Sixteen federal departments and agencies (including the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services) have issued a revision to federal policy for the protection of human subjects. Check here for current updated information on what is needed from KU researchers.

Human Research Policy Updates

Please see HRPP Policy Updates (PDF) to find information on policy changes that include the time permitted for clarifications requested for new studies and information on administratively closing lapsed studies.

Subscribe to the HRPP Newsletter

If you would like to be notified of important updates, changes and other human subjects-related information, subscribe to our newsletter by sending an email to irb@ku.edu and requesting to be added to our mailing list.