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Human Research Protection Program

ICRW strives to adhere to the highest ethical standards when conducting human subjects research (HSR) and to create a culture of respect for, and awareness of, the rights, safety, and welfare of human research subjects. ICRW’s Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) office determines which projects fall under the purview of the HRPP (exempt HSR) and IRB (non-exempt HSR), and the type of review, if any, that is required in accordance with the U.S. Federal regulations, and ensures all individuals engaged in the conduct or oversight of research involving human subjects are qualified and complete appropriate human subjects research protection training.

The ICRW HRPP office ensure all exempt HSR is conducted in accordance with ICRW institutional policies and procedures, and the ethical principles: Respect of Person, Beneficence, and Justice, set forth in the Belmont Report.

Since 2007, ICRW’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) has worked with our partners and researchers, providing stringent assessment to assure ICRW-affiliated non-exempt research is designed and conducted in a manner that protects the rights of human subjects; protects human subjects from risk of harm; ensures that the benefits of research outweigh its risks and that subjects’ participation is voluntary; preserve the dignity of human subjects; and ensures that human subjects provide informed consent to participate in the research, with the exception of specific circumstances approved by the IRB.

ICRW’s IRB is comprised of external and internal technical and research experts, reflects racial, gender and cultural diversity, and includes individuals sensitive to community issues. IRB members have professional and IRB experience or training to critically review research objectives, procedures and conduct in accordance with regulations, laws and professional standards. The IRB has scientific, non-scientific, and non-affiliated representatives, and is registered with the Office of Human Research Protection (OHRP) under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  When reviewing research proposals the ICRW IRB adheres to the principles outlined in the Belmont Report: Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research, as well as with the US Federal regulations, outlined in U.S. Federal Code of Regulations (CFR), 45 CFR 46 Subpart A (The Common Rule), B, C, and D.

For more information on the ICRW HRPP/IRB contact IRB@ICRW.org.  A full list of current IRB members is below.

John Townsend, Chair
VP and Director, Reproductive Health
Population Council

Shana Williams, Vice Chair
Senior Business Development Manager
International Center for Research on Women

Katherine Fritz
Senior Research Advisor
International Center for Research on Women

Rohini Pande
Social Demographer

Sid Schuler
Social Anthropologist

Amy Gregowski (alternate)
Senior Research and Evaluation Specialist
International Center for Research on Women

Laura Hinson (alternate)
Social and Behavioral Scientist
International Center for Research on Women

Priti Prabhughate (alternate)
Senior Technical Specialist
International Center for Research on Women

Ted Rizzo (alternate)
Program Associate
International Center for Research on Women


Research funded by the Public Health Service (PHS), including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is subject to the requirements of the Responsibility of Applicants for Promoting Objectivity in Research for which PHS Funding is Sought (42 Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) Part 50, Subpart F), and the Responsible Prospective Contractors (45 CFR Part 94).  The ICRW PHS Funded Research Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) policy is publicly available here.  For more information on the ICRW policy please contact the ICRW Research Compliance Office at info@icrw.org.  For more information on the PHS funded research FCOI policy please visit: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/coi.