Institutional Review Board for Human Participant Research (IRB) Office

Institutional Review Board for Human Participant Research (IRB) Office

East Hill Office Building (EHOB)
Suite 320
395 Pine Tree Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

UPDATED 02/22/2021:

The IRB committee and staff continue to function remotely during regular business hours. You can reach us via email at

In May 2020, the Cornell Research and Operations Reactivation Committee published a guide for the safe restart of the university's research, including the requirement that researchers must submit a reactivation plan to their college/unit for approval before returning to campus. This requirement still stands. In-person human participant research may be allowed on campus, and these guidelines for reactivating in-person human participant research provide a means for each college/unit to decide if a research reactivation plan can be approved. Any changes to IRB protocols must also be reviewed by the IRB.

The IRB also published additional guidance for investigators on conducting in-person research during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please review the guidance, and also visit the IRB COVID-19 FAQs page periodically for updates. Thank you for your patience and cooperation, and please contact the IRB if you have any questions.

All research at Cornell that involves human participants must be either exempted from review or approved by the Institutional Review Board for Human Participants (IRB). The Cornell IRB office operates a Human Research Protection Program to protect the welfare of individuals who participate in research at the University.

For more information about IRB policies, federal regulations, training, and protocol submission procedures, visit Research with Human Participants.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, IRB Office Hours will be held via phone and email--not in person--for the foreseeable future.

IRB Office Hours
IRB staff are available bi-weekly on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month, 1-4pm, to provide assistance with IRB applications and other IRB-related questions or concerns. Appointments are not necessary, but encouraged.

In person: Paused as of March 12, 2020
Phone: (607) 255-6182; (607) 254-5162; (607) 255-5138

2021 dates: January 12 & 26; February 9 & 23; March 9 & 23; April 13 & 27; May 11 & 25; June 8 & 22; July 13 & 27; August 10 & 24; September 14 & 28; October 12 & 26; November 9 & 23; December 14 & 28.