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

COVID-19 Guidance for Human Subjects Research

Researchers conducting research with human subjects are encouraged to design their studies to be conducted remotely if at all possible as this is the safest approach for our research participants, researchers and the university community. For those studies which cannot be conducted remotely, face-to-face human subjects research may be allowed it is determined that it can be conducted safely, and must at all times be in compliance with current directives and guidance available on the UMS Information page and the UMaine Information page. The University remains in Research Activity Category ‘Lower Level (Mid-Late Phase 3) for Human Subjects Research (HSR), but the guidance has been updated. The full guidance for HSR is available at COVID-19 Guidance for Researchers.

Updated 9/13/21

Submit new applications or modifications to: umric@maine.edu

Federalwide Assurance #: FWA00000479

IRB Organization (IORG) #: IORG0000642

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 IRB Questions

 umric@maine.edu