Welcome to the Human Research Protection Program



Steps to obtain IRB approval



Human Research Protection (HRP) is a collaborative effort between all who develop, conduct, review, approve and facilitate Human Research. It includes institutional leaders, the Institutional Review Board (IRB), researchers, faculty, staff, students and the community.

The Human Research Protection Program  (HRPP) aims to protect the rights and welfare of research volunteers, by providing support, guidance, and education to facilitate research that is ethical and scientifically sound.

The HRPP office serves Texas A&M University including the Health Science Center, the College of Dentistry, and the School of Law as well as branch campuses in Galveston, and Qatar. It provides support and resources to both Institutional Review Boards, and the research community.


Program Information


If you have questions about whether an activity is Human Research, contact the Human Research Protection Program. A written determination will be provided when the request is submitted through the electronic system, iRIS. Determinations are not issued through emails or phone calls

Voice a Concern

If you have a complaint, concern or question about a research study or about your rights as a research participant, please contact the Human Research Protection Program:

  • 979.458.4067 
  • 1.855.795.8636 toll free
  • 979.862.3176 fax


You can also submit a human subjects research concern form or submit a report to Texas A&M EthicsPoint.