The President and the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost are committed to supporting faculty and staff research and facilitating a smooth and efficient Institutional Review Board (IRB) process at Kingsborough. This communication provides important information to Kingsborough researchers currently conducting IRB approved research and researchers seeking to submit proposals to conduct research.

The City University of New York Human Research Protections Program (HRPP) is responsible for the protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects in research projects conducted at CUNY or by CUNY faculty, staff and students, and Research Foundation CUNY staff. The program provides oversight, administrative support and educational training to ensure that CUNY research complies with Federal and State regulations, University policy and the highest ethical standards. The purpose of the IRB is to ensure that the rights of research subjects are protected as well as to assist investigators with the IRB process.

In accordance with these ethical standards including those set by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, all research involving human subjects requires approval by The City University of New York's Institutional Review Board prior to the start of research projects.

Organization of the CUNY Human Research Protections Program


In Fall 2011, CUNY's Office of Research Conduct at the direction of the Vice Chancellor for Research implemented a University-wide restructuring of its Human Research Protections Program to provide greater oversight and monitoring of research activities throughout the University. Under this structure, local campus IRBs were consolidated into five University Integrated Institutional Review Boards (UI-IRBS). HRPP Offices were established at the local level, and an HRPP Coordinator was appointed at each campus to oversee the program and manage research activities. The UI-IRBs are comprised of faculty members appointed from each campus who represent diverse expertise (e.g., scientists, nonscientists, prisoner representatives, etc.), as well as several community members.