Human Subjects


In order to protect the rights and welfare of research subjects, all research involving human subjects must comply with applicable institutional policies, laws, and regulations. Human Subjects are defined as living individuals about whom an investigator obtains data through intervention or private information.

The Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) provides oversight for all research activities involving human participants at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. The HRPP is not an office, but rather a collective effort of all who participate in the conduct, review, approval and facilitation of human participants research at UW–Madison.


UW-Madison Campus Resources

OVCRGE Human Research Protection ProgramOVCRGE Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) main site
Health Sciences IRBs Instructions for Obtaining IRB ApprovalStep-by-step guide to completing the IRB approval process, from the Health Sciences Knowledge Base.
ED/SBS IRB Office Instructions for IRB ApprovalStep-by Step guide to completing IRB approval from the ED/SBS IRB Knowledge Base.
Human Subjects Research Protection Program (HRPP) PolicyHRPP Policy Index for Researchers
Social & Behavioral Sciences and Education Research IRB SBS/ED IRB website
Health Sciences and Health Sciences Minimal Risk IRBHealth Sciences IRB website
ARROW LoginLogin page for IRB protocol submission tool

Principal Investigator Status for UW-Madison Studies Involving Human Participants

Form needed when an academic staff member serves as PI on a human subjects research protocol. Must be submitted with the protocol application.
103 Payments to Research ParticipantsOutlines the payment mechanisms that can be used to make payments to human subjects participating in research studies and to determine when gathering of research participant tax information is required.
Instructions for completing Human Subjects research trainingAll personnel listed on a Human Subjects Protocol must complete Human Subjects Protection Training.
CITI training site log in (requires valid NetID)Log in page to complete required human subject research training every 3 years.


General Compliance Questions

Cheryl Deering
CALS Research Compliance Specialist
(608) 262-2536

Social & Behavioral Sciences/Education Research IRBs

In person consultations available – see for more information.

Health Sciences IRBs

(608) 263-2362

In person consultations available – see for more information.