About HRPO

The Human Research Protection Office (HRPO) is centered on the belief that providing resources to the research community helps to ensure the conduct of ethical research. This in turn leads to the protection of individuals who choose to participate in the wide array of projects available across campus. Our professional staff, many of whom have backgrounds in research, are available to assist research teams in navigating the complexities of the regulatory landscape. 

We understand that the changing landscape in regulatory oversight often requires investigators to obtain input from the IRB prior to submitting a grant application or a journal article.  We hope you will have an opportunity to get to know us, our professional staff, and the more than 180 faculty and community members who volunteer their time to protect human subjects and facilitate research.

Guidance for Investigators

We will work one-on-one with new (and not so new) investigators, and can arrange meetings in our offices, or at the investigator’s research space – both to help navigate PittPRO, and to facilitate the preparation of research applications. At the request of an investigator, we can develop training programs for their faculty, fellows, residents, staff, and students who are conducting, or learning to conduct, human subjects research.  There are regularly scheduled HRPO Seminars that focus on new initiatives as well as on topics that may be of interest to the research community at large. 

Research Applications, Training, and More

To address questions in an efficient manner, we have implemented a web-based process whereby specific questions can be forwarded to the office for a response.  Questions about PittPRO, CITI, training requirements, or IT support can be addressed to orp@pitt.edu, whereas general IRB or regulatory questions and requests for consultations can be addressed to askirb@pitt.edu.  

IRB Committees & Meetings

IRB committee and meeting information as well as membership lists are readily available. 

Federal-wide Assurances (FWA)

FWAs are required for every institution that is “engaged” in federally-supported human subject research.   

Additional Resources

A number of resources, from Pitt- and UPMC- affiliated to federal and international, have been collected to assist with research efforts.