Human Subjects Research

COVID-19 Guidance for Human Subjects Research

Researchers are encouraged to check the COVID-19 specific guidelines on the Human Subjects Research Guidance for Wake Forest University page.

The Wake Forest University Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee of faculty, staff, and community members that reviews research about living people. They are charged with protecting the rights and welfare of human participants involved in research conducted under the auspices of Wake Forest University, in accordance with its Federal-wide Assurance and IRB Policies and Procedures.

Do you need IRB approval for your proposed research activity?

If you are gathering information about living individuals, you may be conducting human research.

Don’t risk noncompliance with University policy or federal regulations! Contact for guidance and documentation of the determination. Only the IRB can make this determination.

Remember, no research activities involving human participants (including advertising or recruiting) can take place until the research application is reviewed and approved by the IRB.

Please note that most applications (those that qualify for Flex, Exempt, or Expedited level review) can be submitted anytime and are reviewed in the order submitted. Applications requiring review by the Full Board must be submitted at least one week before the meeting date to be considered for the agenda.

IRB meetings are routinely scheduled for the second Tuesday of each month. If there are no agenda items requiring Full Board review, the meeting may be cancelled.

Upcoming Meeting Dates

  • August 13
  • September 10
  • October 8
  • November 12
  • December 10
  • January 14
  • February 11
  • March 17 (third Tuesday)
  • April 14
  • May 12
  • June 9