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The following definitions are derived from 45 CFR 46.


Research is a systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge. Activities which meet this definition constitute research for purposes of this policy, whether or not they are conducted or supported under a program which is considered research for other purposes. For example, some demonstration and service programs may include research activities.

Human Subject

A human subject is a living individual about whom an investigator (whether professional or student) conducting research obtains

  1. Data through intervention or interaction with the individual, or
  2. Identifiable private information.

Please use the Determination Tool to see if your research qualifies for IRB review.

Exempt Review

A research protocol may qualify for exemption if it meets certain criteria. View the Federal Code section on Exempt Categories.

Expedited Review

A research protocol that does not qualify for exemption may be eligible for expedited review. View the Expedited Review Categories.