Human Research Protection Program

The University of Georgia is committed to protecting the rights, welfare and privacy of individuals who participate in research activities conducted by the university or under its auspices. In order to fulfill this commitment, the University has established the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) as a university-wide program under the Office of Research. UGA conducts human subject research under a registered Federal-Wide Assurance with the Office of Human Research Protections, #00003901.


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As a demonstration our commitment to the highest ethical standards in the protection of human research participants, the University of Georgia received accreditation of its Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) through the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP).

HRPP Accreditation Seal

Important Announcements

The Human Research Protections Program is experiencing a higher-than-normal volume of submissions and queries. As a result, investigators can expect 4-6 weeks for review of any type of submission once it has been assigned to an analyst. Please plan accordingly and contact or Kim Fowler ( for urgent issues.

The IRB is prioritizing review of research conducted remotely and research on COVID-19. Standard protections per public health organization guidance must be provided for all in-person research activities. Projects that do not provide recommended protections must provide immediate and direct benefit to the participants’ health and well-being.  Additional information is available in the FAQs for COVID-19 and IRB Review and The HRPP Toolkit for In-Person Human Research Activities.

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