Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) and Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The CUNY Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) is responsible for the protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects in research projects conducted at CUNY or by CUNY faculty, staff and students and RF CUNY staff. The program provides oversight, administrative support and educational training to ensure that CUNY research complies with federal and State regulations, University policy and the highest ethical standards. The CUNY HRPP comprises of 5 University Integrated Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) and 19 on-site HRPP offices.

The HRPP Coordinator serves as the first point of contact for CUNY faculty, staff and students who become involved in human subjects research.

The HRPP coordinator for CUNY SPS:

Travis McCarthy
Phone: (646) 664-8906

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Approval from CUNY’s Institutional Review Board is required before research may begin when ALL of the following criteria are met:

  1. The investigator is conducting research or clinical investigation;
  2. The proposed research or clinical investigation involves human subjects; AND
  3. CUNY is engaged in the research or clinical investigation involving human subjects.

The CUNY HRPP Guidance document, When is CUNY HRPP or IRB Review Required? provides additional information.

Submitting to the IRB

All human research protocols must be submitted through IRB Manager, an electronic system for the development, submission, review, and management of research protocols involving human subjects.

To login to IRB Manager you will use your CUNYFirst credentials, where your username is entered as followed by the password associated with that username.

If you are a CUNY researcher/research personnel who DOES NOT have CUNYFirst credentials, request an IRB Manager account by emailing ( and include the following information in your email:

  • First and Last Name
  • DOB (Does not need to be your actual DOB)
  • PIN (4 digits – you can make something up)
  • CUNY email address

*You will be notified within 1-2 business days with your credentials to log into IRB Manager.