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 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. 

IRB Policy & Procedures Manual

Please find the 2022 Radford Policy & Procedures Manual here