Institutional Review Board

All IRB applications and correspondence should be sent to

The University's Institutional Review Board (IRB) is charged by the University President with the responsibility of reviewing research proposals for the purpose of protecting the rights of individuals who are subjects of any research, conducted by faculty, staff, or students of Simmons University. Federal Regulations place responsibility on the University and the Principal Investigator to insure that high ethical standards are maintained for all research involving human subjects. Simmons University provides education through a web based training program in human research subjects' protections—CITI Program (see below).

New Federal IRB Guidelines - effective January 21, 2019

New federal guidelines regarding human subjects in research took effect on January 21, 2019. All IRB applications approved on or after that date are subject to the new guidelines.

CITI IRB training modules have been updated in accordance with the Revised Common Rule. Please note, if you will be submitting a new protocol on January 21, 2019 or later, you will need to complete the new CITI IRB training, even if your certificate under the old training has not yet expired.

Key changes include revised definitions of human subjects and interventions, as well as an updated lists of activities deemed not to be research, revised categories of vulnerable populations, and changes related to informed consent.

Please email us with any questions you may have.


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CITI Training Program

The IRB requires all individuals conducting research involving human subjects through the University to complete the CITI Program.