Human Subjects

Welcome to UNC Charlotte’s Human Subjects in Research website.

UNC Charlotte’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) is the committee responsible for ensuring the protection of human subjects partnering in research studies at UNC Charlotte. The IRB is charged with this task while facilitating research that is consistent with long-standing ethical principles and federal, state and university regulations.

The IRB works in conjunction with the Compliance Office to ensure that the rights and welfare of human subjects are paramount and that the highest standards of ethical conduct are employed throughout the entire research process.

The Compliance Office is committed to providing integrated oversight of ethical and regulatory issues in human subjects research conducted at UNC Charlotte as well as coordinating effective and efficient IRB reviews.

The major purpose of this site is to make it easier for you to successfully prepare and submit your protocols with a minimum amount of time involved in the review and approval process.

In this website, you will find: guidelines for submitting your application; the latest versions of all research application forms; a schedule of IRB meeting dates and deadlines; Informed Consent templates; background materials on federal regulations; and links to other sites which we have reviewed and found helpful.

We encourage you to call on the Office of Research Compliance staff early in the review process for advice on how to submit a protocol that can be acted on with as little delay as possible.