Human Research Protection Program (HRPP)

Federal regulations (32 CFR 219 and DoDI 3216.02) require each institution that conducts or supports research involving human subjects must have a HRPP. Internal and external research involving human subjects must receive review and approval prior to initiating the project.

The primary mission of ARL HRPP is to protect the safety, rights, and welfare of human subjects in research conducted under its purview. The HRPP ensures that all of ARL's activities related to human subject research will be guided by the ethical principles set forth in the Belmont Report.

The ARL HRPP has a DoD assurance, # A10038, in accordance with applicable regulation. The Army Human Research Protection Office (AHRPO) provides oversight for the assurance.

  • Types of Reviews by the ARL HRPP
  • Information for Potential Volunteers
  • References

If you would like more information about how research is conducted, how it is overseen, or if you have questions about your rights as a research subject, please contact:

Theresa M. Straut, CIP, RAC
Human Protection Administrator
Human Research Protection Official
U.S. Army Research Laboratory
Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21005

Types of Reviews by the ARL HRPP

Review by the ARL HRPP is required for all Human Subjects Research conducted by ARL investigators and when ARL provides support for research ($, facilities, equipment, CRADA, etc.).

Note for Collaborations: HRPOs are still required, even if ARL serves as the IRB of record. It is possible that the project is both an internal and external project.

Internal research conducted by ARL investigators must be reviewed by the ARL HRPP. Only an Exempt Determination Official from the ARL HRPP can determine if research is considered exempt. All non-exempt research is reviewed by the ARL Institutional Review Board (IRB) or a designated IRB member.

For information and forms for internal research, access the ARL HRPP internal site on ARLinside.

External research is any time ARL provides support for research ($, facilities, equipment, CRADA, etc.) to a non-DoD institution. A Human Research Protection Official (HRPO) review is required for all external research. This includes review of exempt determinations. The HRPO review is a regulatory review only. It is not a secondary IRB review. Research may not begin until the study is approved by the HRPO.

HRPO Form When to Submit: Version Date:
HRPO Review Submission Initial Review 9/28/2016
International Research Submission Initial Review 02/17/2017
FDA Submission Initial Review 02/22/2017
HRPO Secondary Research Involving the Use of Data/Specimens Submission Initial Review 02/17/2017
If you have further questions contact your program manager or the ARL HRPP office at

Last Update / Reviewed: June 29, 2018