The Mission of the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research (IRB) is three-fold: First, to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects through project review. Second, to foster compliance with institutional policy and federal regulations by facilitating institutional personnel’s efforts in utilizing living human subjects for research, education and other scholarly pursuits that are systematically designed and endeavoring to contribute to generalizable knowledge. Third, to provide education to institutional personnel on the ethical use of human subjects. Helping scientists and instructors to be stellar stewards of the trust of our human subjects is of paramount concern.

Any research with human subjects at NC State must go through the NC State IRB. Unauthorized use of external IRBs is not permitted.

  • IRB Application: Apply for IRB approval through the online eIRB system: Login to eIRB System to apply and manage your projects. Please see the “Submission Guidance” link (on the left of this page) for more detailed information and help regarding the IRB processes and the eIRB system. Your application will take 4-6 weeks for review and approval.
  • Submission Guidance: This section provides eIRB tutorials for submitting the following applications: a new application, an amendment request, and a continuing review request. By following this link, you can also find official forms used by the NC State IRB, example forms and templates often used with the NC State studies, and some very helpful educational resources, checklists, and FAQs. All of the provided information will help you prepare your IRB application for review and approval.
  • IF YOUR RESEARCH IS SUPPORTED BY THE DOD IN ANY WAY, INCLUDING UNFUNDED RESEARCH TARGETING DOD PERSONNEL, YOU MUST READ THIS FIRST.
  • Human Subject Ethics Training: Please consider taking the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), a free, comprehensive ethics training program for researchers conducting research with human subjects.
  • Basic information for researchers: Helpful hints and introduction to help you navigate IRB review. Read this before you create an IRB submission.
  • IRB Policies
  • Meetings: The IRB meets on the first Wednesday of every month.

IRB Coordinator

  • Jennie Ofstein
  • Campus Box 7514
  • Raleigh, NC 27695
  • (919) 515-8754 – Phone
  • (919) 515-7721 – Fax
  • irb-coordinator@ncsu.edu

IRB Administrator

  • Debra Paxton
  • Campus Box 7514
  • Raleigh, NC 27695
  • (919) 515-4514 – Phone
  • (919) 515-7721 – Fax
  • debra_paxton@ncsu.edu

IRB Chair

  • Dr. Thomas A Birkland
  • Campus Box 8115
  • Raleigh, NC 27695
  • (919) 513-1837 – Phone
  • (919) 515-7856 – Fax
  • tabirkla@ncsu.edu