Social, Behavioral & Educational Research IRB

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



The convened SBER IRB Meeting scheduled for June 21, 2023 has been moved to June 14, 2023. Due to this change, if you have a new study, continuing review request or modification request that you believe needs review by the convened SBER IRB during the June 14 meeting, please submit the study documents before noon on May 30, so that the study can be added to the meeting agenda.

If you have any questions, please contact the SBER Office (

New SBER IRB Team Member

3/6/2023 - The SBER IRB Office is excited to announce that Paul Hart has joined our team as an IRB Analyst III and QA&QI Specialist. Paul is a Certified IRB Professional (CIP) and comes to Tufts with a background in Law and Higher Education. He is eager to put his previous experience as a Senior IRB Analyst to work and is looking forward to meeting the members of our valued Tufts research community. Please join us in welcoming Paul to Tufts!

New eIRB Tip Sheet - Submit a Not Research/Not Human Subjects Research Request

To supplement the Not Research/Not Human Subjects Research Request Form that was launched this past summer, our office has created a corresponding Tip Sheet to help you navigate this unique request process. The new eIRB Tip Sheet: Submit a NR/NHSR Request can be found on our "eIRB Tips for SBER IRB studies" webpage.


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