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.

The VCU HRPP has made three protocol templates available at to facilitate our transition toward a protocol-based application process. (If you receive an error message from this hyperlink, please copy/paste the address into your browser.)

The protocol templates are immediately available to the VCU research community for the IRB submission of new human subject research studiesFormal protocols will be required for all human subject research submissions effective June 1, 2023. Thus, if the study sponsor does not provide a protocol, the completion and submission of the respective protocol template will be required. Please note: new IRB submissions that do not contain a formal protocol will be returned to the researcher to include a protocol after the effective date of June 1, 2023.

RAMS-IRB will be updated in the coming months to reduce duplication between the submission smartform and protocol template. The system will be more comprehensively updated later this fall – please be patient with us as we engage in this transformation work.

Questions are welcome, as are requests for additional consultation regarding new protocol templates. Please contact Tom Bechert of the Huron Team via or the HRPP Office at Learn more about the VCU HRPP’s transformation project and protocol templates here.

Categories Announcements and Updates, HRPP Transformation Project