Social, Behavioral & Educational Research IRB

The Social, Behavioral and Educational Research IRB (SBER IRB) reviews research involving human research subjects to ensure regulatory compliance.


New eIRB Tip Sheet - Report of New Information (RNI)

The Tufts SBER IRB Office has developed a new eIRB Tip Sheet to assist researchers with submission of a Report of New Information.  You can access the Submit a Report of New Information (RNI) Tip Sheet by visiting our eIRB Tips for SBER IRB Studies webpage.  Check out the many other resources available to you while visiting the Tips page!

Not Research/Not Human Subjects Research Request Form

The Tufts SBER IRB is very excited to announce the launch of the newly developed Not Research/Not Human Subjects Research (NR/NHSR) Determination Request form, which can be found on our “Forms & Templates” page.  This form should be used when an investigator believes that their work either does not meet the regulatory definition of “research” or involve “human subjects”, as defined by the regulations.  Please note: The use of the term principal investigator in the form does not imply the project is research; it is used to reflect language that will be found in the eIRB system.

Once completed, create a new study submission in eIRB and upload this document in place of a protocol when instructed to “Attach the Protocol” on the “Basic Study Information” page.  The Tufts SBER IRB will then evaluate your responses on the form and either issue a formal NR/NHSR determination or provide you with further instructions through eIRB.

Our hope is that this new form will help streamline the NR/NHSR determination process for investigators and demystify how the Tufts SBER IRB makes these determinations.  If you have any questions and/or feedback, please do not hesitate to reach out to the SBER IRB Office at  We want to hear about what works well and what could be improved in future iterations to ensure the form becomes a valuable tool for the Tufts social, behavioral, and educational research community.


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.

The IRB is committed to helping promote research among students, faculty, and staff at Tufts University. Please contact the SBER IRB Office with questions regarding IRB proposals, using eIRB, the review process, and any other information needed