Human Research Protection Program (HRPP)

Welcome to the University of Florida’s Human Research Protection Program (HRPP)! UF is committed to protecting the rights, welfare, and privacy of individuals who participate in research activities conducted by the university and/or under its auspices. In order to fulfill this commitment, the University has established the Human Research Protection Program, as a university-wide program under the leadership of Dr. David Norton, Institutional Official and Vice President for UF Research.  Our various policies, guidances, and guidelines ensure that we act responsibly, ethically, and in compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.

As a demonstration of holding ourselves to the highest ethical standards in the protection of human research participants, on March 21, 2018, UF received full accreditation of its Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) through the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP). The university joins over 250 institutions worldwide demonstrating that we have extensive safeguards in every level of our research operation, adhere to high standards for research, and can be trusted to not only protect research participants  but also produce accurate, reliable results.

As the “gold seal,” AAHRPP accreditation offers assurance to research participants, researchers, sponsors, government regulators, and the general public that an HRPP is focused first and foremost on excellence.

Who is part of the HRPP?

UF’s HRPP is not a specific office, rather it consists of multiple components and is lead by the Office of Research. The primary components of the HRPP are:

  • Institutional Leadership
  • Institutional Review Boards
  • Division of Research Compliance
  • Division of Sponsored Programs
  • Investigators & Research Staff
  • Various Other Institutional Committees, Units and Offices

UF is committed to protecting research participants, upholding ethical standards, and improving our practice at every step. Individuals conducting, supporting or reviewing human research studies should familiarize themselves with all applicable policies. In order to protect participants and stay compliant, all individuals involved in human research should regularly review policies, procedures and guidelines since they are constantly evolving.

For Investigators and Research Staff

This section provides important links to Investigators and Research Staff in order to assist with maintaining compliance with policies, procedures and regulations.

New to the UF research community? Check out the Research Portal, a one-stop shop to key resources and services at UF!

Have questions about research trainings? Check out the UF Research’s Research Training page, for more helpful tips.

For Research Participants

This section is designed to assist former, current, or prospective human research participants in obtaining information or offering input regarding research and clinical trials. It provides important contact information for questions and concerns about participation in research as well as a printable brochure.

Additional information is available at: http://irb.ufl.edu/participantinfo.html.

Community and Research Participant Feedback

Community and Research Participant Feedback

The University of Florida values and appreciates our community, including anyone who volunteers to participate in research. To that end we welcome any suggestions or information from our community and research participants that could further contribute to research initiatives or improve our Human Research Protection Program.

  • The University of Florida values and appreciates our community, including anyone who volunteers to participate in research. To that end we welcome any suggestions or information from our community and research participants that could further contribute to research initiatives or improve our Human Research Protection Program.
  • You may choose to submit your comments above anonymously. However, if you are willing to provide your name and contact information this will allow us to contact you if we have any questions or follow up for you.






Contact Information

For General HRPP Questions

HRPP Administrator: mmahoney@ufl.edu
Phone: (352) 294-2744

Mailing Address:

Office of Research
460 Grinter Hall
PO BOX 115500
Gainesville, FL 32611-5500

UF HRPP Reaccreditation Underway!

UF HRPP Reaccreditation Flyer

In addition to undergoing an extensive application process, UF’s Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) accreditation largely depends on the interviews conducted during the AAHRPP site visit. If you are engaged in human subjects research at UF or affiliated institutions, you could be selected to be interviewed during the visit.  Below, we have provided a Q&A guide to help you prepare. If you are selected, we will let you know a few weeks prior to the visit and make sure you are prepared for the interview.

News and Events

December 14, 2020 News: UF Health Jacksonville first in Florida to administer Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine 
November 10, 2020 Announcement: UF – AAHRPP Reaccreditation Site Visit date: Jan 13-15, 2021
March 27, 2020 Announcement: UF Needs Your Help!!! Please Donate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
March 24, 2020 Update: New UF Guidance on Conducting Approved Human Subject Research During the COVID-19 Pandemic
March 16, 2020 News: Impact of COVID-19 on Research and Sponsored Programs
May 20, 2019 Announcement: UF Research Announces IRB03/IRB01 Merger

Archived: News and Events

Questions

For more questions or more information, please contact the HRPP Administrator at mmahoney@ufl.edu.