About Us


The Harvard University Area (HUA) IRB aims to promote a culture of compliance and to establish across the University the highest expectations for performance and oversight of research involving human subjects. The IRB is committed to the education of the Harvard research community and outreach to collaborating institutions.

The mission of the IRB is to assure that all participants are protected from any unnecessary risk when enrolled in a research study, that they can make an informed decision to participate, and when possible, that participant and/or society at large benefits from the knowledge gained from the research study. The goal of the IRB is to assist investigators in developing appropriate research protocols in accordance with federal and University policies, and within accepted ethical guidelines.

Ethical Principles

All Human Subjects Research conducted by Harvard University investigators, regardless of source of funding or location of the research, is guided by the ethical principles of respect for persons, beneficence, and justice, as set forth in the April 18, 1979 report of The National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research entitled Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research, also known as “The Belmont Report.”

Who We Are


The Harvard University Area includes the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard Business School, Harvard Law School, Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University Health Services, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The IRB of record for the Harvard University Area is referred to as the Committee on the Use of Human Subjects (CUHS).

The IRB Office

The HUA IRB administrative office is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations and support of the IRB. The HUA IRB office staff perform a variety of functions in addition to supporting the IRB such as providing IRB determinations, reviewing studies on behalf of the IRB, assisting researchers with IRB related questions, and providing training and outreach.

HUA IRB Organizational Chart