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IRB Institutional Review Board

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is responsible for overseeing all research done at Carleton by faculty, students or staff that involves human subjects. The goals of the IRB are to ensure that researchers understand and uphold the following two standards dictated by federal law:

  1. Human subjects should not be placed at undue risk;
  2. Subjects should give uncoerced, informed consent to their participation in the research.

The "How do I apply?" page describes how to apply for IRB approval of a research project.

Other Useful Resources

  • Information about the IRB application process including: Application and Consent Forms.
  • The IRB's "Frequently Asked Questions" provides a great deal of information about human subjects research, applications to the IRB, and the application review and approval process.
  • The Campus Handbook provides background information on the legal underpinnings of the IRB's operations and on various policies related to the IRB.
  • The National Institutes of Health have published a useful training module that provides investigators with a basic introduction to the principles of ethical research on human subjects.

Questions can be referred to Annette Nierobisz, IRB Chair, at 507-222-4114 or 1 N. College Street, Northfield, MN 55057.


  • How do I apply?

    A description of the IRB application process, with links to relevant resources.
  • About the IRB

    This page provides information about the purpose of the Institutional Review Board (IRB), as well as federal regulations and internal procedures and policies governing research on human subjects.
  • Frequently Asked Questions

    A set of frequently asked questions about the IRB.
  • Forms

    List of IRB application forms, other support files, and information about these forms.
  • NIH Training Module

    The NIH developed this short training module to provide investigators with a basic introduction to the principles of ethical research on human subjects.
  • Glossary

    This page contains a list of useful definitions of terms relevant to research with human subjects