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The Office of Research Support (ORS) does not administer or oversee HOP policy 5-2011 or training related to the policy. ORS administers HOP policy 7-1210, “Promoting Objectivity in Research by Managing, Reducing or Eliminating Financial Conflicts of Interest” so if you conduct research and have:

  1. Not submitted a Financial Interest Disclosure (FID), you will need to complete mandatory training and file a FID. Instructions for completing these requirements are located at
  2. Previously submitted a FID, you are not required to complete additional training nor re-disclose the same information to comply with the UTS 180/HOP 5-2011 policy requirements.   However, you may have other responsibilities under that policy.

HOP policy 5-2011 QUESTIONS? Contact the Provost’s Office or call Mike Kerker, Associate Vice Provost at (512) 471-2694.

Human Subjects Participant Page

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Study participants are an integral piece of all successful human subjects research and The University of Texas at Austin recognizes the importance of your decision whether or not to participate in a research study. Your participation is voluntary and you may choose not to participate or to discontinue participation at any time. Your decision whether or not to participate will not affect your current or future relations with The University of Texas at Austin. We hope this website will answer any questions you may have. Thank you for your interest in our research.

Our Participants

Generally, students, staff and faculty across campus, and members of the surrounding Austin and Central Texas community may be asked at one time or another to participate in research currently taking place at the University of Texas at Austin. In addition, our research includes both national and international participants. Frequently, participation requires filling out a survey, responding to service or opinion questionnaires, or being interviewed. Typically, participants respond in person, by phone, email or regular mail. Some of the research involves kinesthetic, physiological, or psychological experiments. The level of risk involved in a study depends upon its design, methodology, subject matter, and intervention or interaction with human subjects. It is important to consider the level of risk and compare it to any benefits when deciding whether or not to participate in human subjects research.

The researcher conducting the study should provide you with answers to specific questions about the study. You may contact the researcher with questions at any time before, during or after the study. If you would like to obtain information about a research study, or if you have questions, concerns, complaints or wish to discuss problems or your rights as a research subject with someone unaffiliated with the study, please contact the IRB Office at (512) 471-8871. Anonymity, if desired, will be protected to the extent possible. As an alternative method of contact, an email may be sent to or a letter sent to IRB Administrator, P.O. Box 7426, Mail Code A3200, Austin, TX 78713.

Additional contact information is available on our contacts page.

The resources and information listed below are to assist potential research participants.

Frequently Asked Questions

Community Contacts: a listing of research contacts used by the UT community

Participant Bill of Rights - Ever wonder what your rights are as a research participant? Look no further! KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

Research Involving Children - Questions and Answers for parents.

Subject Pool Participants - Information for potential subject pool students

PI Responsibilities - Help protect oneself by knowing researchers' obligations

Questions for Participants to ask - Not sure which way is left? We'll help point you in the right direction

Subject Responsibilities - So what am I responsible for?

PDF File FormatDownloadable UT Participants Brochure (English)
PDF File FormatDownloadable UT Participants Brochure (Spanish)

“Becoming a Research Volunteer: It’s your decision” created by the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
PDF File FormatDownloadable OHRP Brochure (English)
PDF File FormatDownloadable OHRP Brochure (Spanish)

“Questions to ask before participating in a research study”  created by the Office for Human Research Protections, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP), Research Participants

About UT IRB

Other Resources

Information about Clinical Trials

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