Radford University Institutional Review Board

The Radford IRB's 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 Institutional Review Board (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 creates research environments that are proactively protecting study participants as researchers achieve their research goals. 

The Radford University Institutional Review Board (IRB) is responsible for reviewing all human subject research for compliance with federally-mandated research guidelines and University policy. The review of human subjects research is required for funded or non-funded research conducted by faculty, students, and all those under the purview of Radford University. 

The Radford University IRB is appointed by the Institutional Official, the Associate Provost for Research, Faculty Success, and Strategic Initiatives.  Members of the IRB serve a 3-year term that is renewable at the discretion of the Institutional Official.

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 IRB does not review human subject research involving the use of investigational drugs or devices. 


Radford University uses IRBManager for the online submission of IRB applications.

Radford University utilizes IRBManager's online submission, workflow, and data management systems. IRBManager can be accessed under One Campus, using your Radford University email and password and searching for Research Compliance/IRB Manager: IRB & IACUC

** The IRBManager User Guidance Manual contains basic information to assist you in navigating IRBManager.** 

Please contact the Research Compliance Office with any questions. 


IRB Policy & Procedures Manual

Please find the 2022 Radford Policy & Procedures Manual here.