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Human Subject Research

All research involving human subjects, to include use of human biological specimens and human data, shall comply with federal and agency regulations for human subject protection (see following links). Please note that the offeror is responsible for understanding and adhering to all applicable regulations and policies pertaining to human subject research even if not listed below.


Air Force


  • DTRA's implementation of the oversight process relies on "federal assurance" of Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) conducted by other DoD activities or DHHS. The PI must submit the federal assurance and IRB results to the DTRA Human Research Oversight Board (HROB) before receiving an award.


Department of the Navy Human Research Protection Program (DON HRPP)

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