Human Participants (IRB)

The University at Albany Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews studies to:

  • protect, safeguard and promote the welfare of human research subjects by ensuring their rights, safety and well-being;
  • provide timely and high-quality review and monitoring of human research projects; and
  • facilitate excellence in human subjects research.

The IRB reviews all University at Albany activities meeting the regulatory definitions for research involving human subjects.

IRB Process

IRB Procedures Manual

The policies and procedures set forth in this manual (link) adhere to the ethical principles and guidelines for the protection of research participants summarized in the Belmont Report, and comply with applicable federal regulations and state laws related to human subjects protections. Both the membership of the IRB and any prospective researchers who intend to use human subjects in their research projects are reminded that this document establishes the basic minimum of policies and procedures and does not include every possibility for the variation in research protocols involving human subjects.

Reporting Concerns

Research Involving Human Participants Are you a subject in a research study? Do you have questions about your rights as a study subject? Do you have concerns or questions about a study conducted by University at Albany?

If you have any questions or concerns about your role and rights as a research participant, would like to obtain information or offer input, or would like to register a complaint about a specific study, please contact the Erin M. Bell, Interim Asst. Vice President for Research at 1-866-857-5459 or send an email to [email protected]. You may also submit concerns or comments using our anonymous online reporting form, available here.


The majority of studies can be reviewed by members outside of a convened meeting; and are reviewed on an ongoing basis. For those studies which are not eligible for review outside of convened meeting they are reviewed by the full IRB at a monthly meeting. Such studies typically include research where a discussion of the potential risks to participants is warranted.

Please allow sufficient time to secure approval when approvals are required to meet funding deadlines and to avoid approval lapse.

Please see the submission deadlines for the IRB meeting schedule below:

Month  Study Submission Deadline  IRB Review Meeting Date
October September 30, 2022 October 21, 2022
November October 28, 2022 November 18, 2022
December November 18, 2022 December 16, 2022


Protocols must be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word format to [email protected].

Open Office Hours

Individuals are available to answer questions about the IRB review process, human research protection program or study specific questions.

Contact [email protected] to request an appointment.

ORRC open office hours are Tuesdays from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm and Wednesdays from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm in Earth Sciences, Room 244. No appointment needed and remote options are available. The team is available to answer your questions on research protections and compliance.