VCU Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) Blog

The VCU HRPP is dedicated to facilitating ethically and scientifically sound research through robust review of research projects and through effective education and outreach to the VCU research community.

New Tools to Assist with IRB Submissions

As part of the HRPP Transformation Project, the VCU HRPP Office is rolling-out protocol templates that are designed to: Minimize administrative burden by reducing the number of SmartForm fields investigators need to complete in RAMS-IRB Obtain all relevant information the IRB needs to complete their review Provide prompts and instrtuction that will enable investigators to […]

HRPP Transformation Project Kick-off Video

The VCU Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) is pleased to announce the initiation of the HRPP Transformation Project to improve human research compliance with federal, state and institutional requirements, enhance review process efficiency, and minimize administrative burden for the VCU human research community. VCU is partnering with HRPP consultants from Huron to facilitate transformation efforts. […]

Research Community Feedback Survey

Please take a moment to share your opinion by completing the Research Community Feedback Survey (less than a few minutes to complete). Please submit your responses by Friday, May 19, 2023.

Training for the Community: Schedule and Registration Links

Please join us for upcoming training for the community. Register for each session using the links below. Sessions will be virtual (Zoom), recorded, and offered live to facilitate Q&A. Recordings will be made available on the VCU HRPP Blog in the HRPP Transformation Project section. Date Time Topic Registration Link Friday, April 21, 2023 12:00pm-1:00pm Foundational […]

Process Improvement and Transformation

What is happening? Human subjects research at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) has grown in complexity and volume over the last five years. Therefore, the VCU Human Research Protections Program (HRPP) is transforming its processes to meet the needs of the institution’s exponential growth. Hence, the VCU HRPP is proud to announce that the HRPP has a […]

IRB Appointlet Consultations Update

Due to staffing shortages, the Appointlet IRB Pre-Submission Consultation program has been paused. For any questions that cannot be answered with the below resources, researchers can email for additional assistance. Please note, the IRB staff will have limited availability for meetings in order to focus on reviewing a backlog of submissions from recently separated […]

Letter of Collaboration required for research involving the VCU Emergency Medicine Department

Effective March 16, 2023, for any research protocol enrolling patients within the VCU Department of Emergency Medicine (EM) or seeking to utilize EM resources, a departmental letter of collaboration must be acquired by the study Principal Investigator (PI) from the EM research leadership. This letter must be submitted with the RAMS-IRB submission for the clinical […]

HRPP Newsletter Volume 005 | March 2023

Download the latest volume of the VCU HRPP Newsletter.

The HRPP Transformation Project

Just before the ball dropped in 2023, the VCU Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) launched a plan to transform the submission, review, and ongoing oversight of all of its Institutional Review Boards (IRB): The HRPP Transformation Project. This project is specifically designed to improve the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of the HRPP and to reduce […]


OVPRI is preparing an office-wide message, which will include the following information from the VCU and VCU Health HRPP: To avoid the last-minute rush of submissions please note that after December 9, 2022 (COB), non-emergency submissions may not be reviewed until we return from the winter holiday due to the high volume of submissions we […]

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