Human Research Protection Program (HRPP)

The Infant Learning Lab in the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin–Madison

The Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) provides oversight of all research activities involving human subjects at the UW–Madison. The HRPP is not an office, but rather a collective effort of all who participate in the conduct, review, approval and facilitation of Human Subjects Research at UW–Madison.

All UW–Madison faculty, students, and staff who are involved in research involving human participants are required to comply with federal, state and university policies for the protection of human research participants. The HRPP maintains the human subjects research protections policies utilized by the UW–Madison Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) and campus officials.

All research involving human subjects must be reviewed by an IRB. UW–Madison has three IRBs: the Health Sciences IRB, the Health Sciences Minimal Risk IRB, and the Education and Social/Behavioral Science IRB. Researchers can send their protocols involving human subjects to the appropriate IRB based on the type of research project.