Social, Behavioral & Educational Research IRB

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


8/16/2021 - The SBER IRB Office is excited to announce that Amanda O’Brien has joined our team as an IRB Analyst I.  Amanda comes to the IRB with a background in nursing and public health and is ready to put her previous IRB review experience to work. Amanda will often be many researchers’ first point of contact with our office, so please join us in welcoming Amanda to Tufts!

Human Subjects Research COVID-19 Guidance

Last Updated August 26, 2020

On June 30, 2021, the University announced the Current COVID-19 Policies and Procedures for Face-to-Face Human Subjects Research.  The Policies outline guidelines and requirements pertinent to On Campus Research, Off-Campus Research (Domestic and International), and Research-related Travel.

Importantly, review and approval by the Integrative Safety Committee (ISC) is required for all face-to-face research with a higher risk of COVID-19 infection. The list of study features that present a higher risk of COVID-19 infection can be found within the Current COVID-19 Policies and Procedures.  If your research includes any of those features, review and approval by the ISC will be required. 

ISC review and approval is not completed by the IRB.  The requirement for ISC review is independent of the requirement for IRB review. If you have any questions regarding ISC review, please direct them to Phil Hinds at”  The ISC review process can be started by completing the Ramp Up Request Form.

University COVID-19 Research FAQs


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