When and how should I contact Harvard's Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)?
You should contact your IRB if you are planning to do research that includes human subjects, which includes collecting or acquiring data on human subjects, or if you are planning to generate large-scale human genomic data. An IRB review includes categorization of the level of data security your study requires (based on the type of data you're gathering and the risks that subjects associated with that data face if it is accidentally leaked).
There are two IRB offices at Harvard:
- Harvard University Area IRB for main campus and Allston: Committee on the Use of Human Subjects (CUHS)
- Longwood Area IRB for Medical School, Dental School, and T.H. Chan School of Public Health: Office of Human Research Administration (OHRA)
For research with animals, contact: