The Radford University Institutional Review Board’s (IRB) mission is to support Radford University’s commitment to research by working to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects who participate in research. This commitment is guided by the ethical principles described in the “Belmont Report” and in applicable federal regulations.

The Research Compliance Office is the administrative arm of the IRB, providing education and training, and management of the IRB, which reviews projects involving human subjects research. The Radford University IRB works with the Research Compliance Office to ensure that compliance with federal regulations and ethical principles create research environments that are proactively protecting study participants as researchers achieve their research goals. 

For operational purposes, as required by federal law, this commitment is vested in the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Research involving Human Subjects, which operates under a Federalwide Assurance (FWA) on file with the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS):

FWA Number: FWA00004850 (Exp: 01/14/2025)

IRB Registration Number: IRB00003066

Reciprocity Agreement with Carilion: IRB00001142, IRB00001190

To comply with the Code of Virginia § 32.1-162.19, Radford University reviews, in the same manner, all research involving human subjects conducted by its faculty, staff, and students.

The Radford University IRB is appointed by the Institutional Official, the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Research.  Members of the IRB serve a 3-year term that is renewable at the discretion of the Institutional Official.