Social, Behavioral, and Educational Research IRB

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


The Tufts SBER IRB Office will not be holding our regularly scheduled Office Hours on March 5th. Please e-mail with any questions in the meantime.

New SBER IRB Resources for Research Participants

The SBER IRB has updated its website to include a new “For Participants” page. The “For Participants” page is intended to provide past, current, and potential research participants with information to help them understand the research process, their rights as participants, and how to contact the IRB or a participant advocate.

Participant resources available on this page include research volunteer opportunities, important questions to ask researchers when deciding to participate in research, links to Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) materials, and a Participant Bill of Rights. 

We encourage members of the research community to review these resources and to share the page with your participants. You and your participants may access these resources at any time by visiting the SBER IRB website and clicking the “For Participants” tab.


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