Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (IRB)

Important Update:  In an effort to minimize the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19 in human subjects research interactions, all human subjects research involving face-to-face interaction must be paused until further notice, unless they can be conducted remotely, and no study subjects should travel to UMaine/UMM.

Researchers may need to modify their procedures, to replace in-person study visits with “remote” options for questionnaires, surveys, check-ins, screening, and consenting. Remember that these changes must be approved in advance by the IRB as a Modification to the study. If you have any questions about whether a remote option is possible contact the IRB office at The IRB staff and the IRB will prioritize these modifications.

Effective March 18, 2020; still in effect as of 6/2/2020

Submit new applications or modifications to:

Federalwide Assurance #: FWA00000479

Students, employees, and agents of the University who conduct research involving human subjects must comply with the University Policy and Procedures for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research. These procedures exist for the rights and welfare of the people who participate in UMaine research. No systematic investigation of information obtained by observing or interacting with people, or by collecting and examining any form of identifiable private information about people, may be conducted until the Protection of Human Subjects Review Board has approved the research protocol.



Contact for Questions

Portrait of Paula PortalatinPaula Portalatin
Research Compliance Officer III
207.581.2657, 311 Alumni Hall



Andrew Tomer

Andrew Tomer 
Research Compliance Officer I
207.581.1459, 309 Alumni Hall