The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is an independent committee charged with the ethical review, revision, and approval of research involving human participants. Federally funded research must be reviewed according to 45 C.F.R. 46, and all research involving human participants at USU must be reviewed according to similar standards in order for USU to accept federal research funds. USU’s research portfolio aims to create knowledge and improve quality of life for citizens of Utah, the nation, and the world. Members of the Institutional Review Board further the university’s research mission by:
- Reviewing proposed research involving human participants
- Minimizing risks for all who agree to give of their time and selves to USU’s research portfolio
- Promoting high-quality science that is likely to benefit society and participants
- Educating the larger university community about ethical issues in human participants research
- Overseeing compliance with international, indigenous, federal, state, local, and university requirements for conducting research with human participants
The IRB is only one part of the broader Human Research Protection Program at Utah State University. It works closely with researchers, university staff, participants, and other stakeholders to ensure the safe and ethical conduct of research.