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Institutional Review Board


Norfolk’s State University’s Institutional Review Board currently focuses on research that involves human subjects (IRB). The ultimate goal is to support the development of life-changing solutions and advances to our everyday lives and communities by ensuring that research practices are ethical, include voluntary and fully informed participation and maximize safety. To do that, the IRB reviews protocols and related materials based on rules and regulations established by national government entities, such as the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services.


Starting September 20, 2021, all research at NSU that requires review by the Institutional Review Board (Human Subjects Research) or IRB must be submitted via IRBNet. Used by hundreds of organizations across the country, this online system is part of NSU’s investment in improving processes, reporting, and ultimately, your research capabilities.

This site will be your best source for the latest instructions, FAQs and links to training materials, updated forms, policies and procedures.

Overview / Q&A Sessions

Join us on the following dates for an overview of IRBNet and new IRB processes. For the Zoom meeting ID, check your NSU email account for recent Announcements about the IRB or send an email request to

  • Monday, September 27 - 4:00 pm (NEW TIME)
  • Tuesday, October 26 - 12:30 pm
  • Wednesday, December 1 - Noon

NOTE:  If you have an IRB-related question about a specific project or study, please send an email to Specific project information will not be available at these sessions.