Collaborative Research

It is possible to request reciprocity, or reliance, between UNT and another institution’s IRB when researchers from both institutions are collaborating on a research project and the collaborating institutions are both covered under a federally approved human subjects research program with Federalwide Assurance approval.


In January 2019, new regulations that direct human subjects research, referred to collectively as the 2018 New Common Rule, were implemented by the federal government. These regulations applied to all new IRB protocols approved on or after January 21, 2019. Exceptions included federally-funded cooperative research which relies upon approval by a single IRB. A single IRB provides the ethical review and related administrative coordination for all sites participating in a multi-site study, and assumes responsibility for all human participant research compliance. The required implementation date for the new cooperative research regulations is January 20, 2020.

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Please reach out to the IRB at if your research qualifies as a cooperative study. The UNT IRB staff will provide guidance on how to proceed with identifying an sIRB. Studies will be reviewed and considered for reciprocity on a case-by-case basis.