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Application Process

1. Researcher submits the appropriate application form to the Research Ethics Board at ethics [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca, along with all project documents (including, but not limited to: research instruments, recruitment documents, informed consent forms, debriefing protocols, documents from other REBs, permission letters) and a COVID-19 Research Plan. Instruction videos for filling out these forms can be found on the REB's Forms, Policy, and Resources page.

Research Ethics Project Application

Course-Based Student Project Application

REB COVID-19 New Research Plan

2. Most applications are reviewed as they are submitted. Proposed projects that involve more than minimal risk will be subject to a Full Board Review at the earliest convenience of the REB.

When no modifications or clarifications are required, the review process may take up to 15 business days; if modifications or clarifications are requested, the process may take longer. Ethical approval must be received PRIOR to the collection of data (including pilot studies). 

Modifications or clarifications will be communicated through the Vice-Chair of the REB.

3. The REB Chair notifies the researcher of the outcome of the ethics review.  When a project is approved, the Vice-Chair forwards a paper copy Certificate of Ethical Approval.

If a proposed research project is denied, the Principal Researcher has the option to appeal; refer to the Research Involving Humans policy for the appeal procedures at RDC.

4.  All approved research projects are subjected to ongoing ethical review.  The Principal Researcher is responsible for:

a) notifying the REB of any significant changes to the research protocol of the approved project;

b) notifying the REB of any breaches to the research protocol or any unintended negative events encountered during data collection; and

c) submitting an Annual Status Report at the completion of the project, or for every year the project is active.

Note: a) and b) may require the submission of a new / revised Project Application form.

ethics [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca

Research Ethics Board, Chair: 
Krista Robson: 403-314-2499

krista [dot] robson [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca

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