Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The Social, Behavioral & Educational Research Institutional Review Board (SBER IRB) is a panel of Tufts’ faculty, staff, and community members that reviews all human subject research to ensure the safety and welfare of research participants. The IRB ensures that any research study under its jurisdiction is in compliance with federal, state, and institutional regulations. Only the IRB has the authority to approve human subject research.

Please make sure you discuss whether or not you will need IRB approval with your capstone advisor well in advanced of starting your research.

Please go to for more information on your need for going through the IRB process, forms, and deadlines. PhD students should contact Jenifer Burckett-Picker before they start the IRB process.