Download the Research Ethics Application Form.

You must include all relevant supporting documentation in final form (e.g. surveys, interview script, informed consent forms). To facilitate the referencing of reviewers’ comments on the submission, please ensure that the pages are appropriately numbered and that changes made to the proposal are clearly indicated when re-submission is required. Please forward the required number of copies to the Research Ethics Coordinator, University Review Ethics Board, located in the Research Office, Evaristus 238.

Note: If you are not sure that your research project requires ethics review, please consult with the Research Ethics Coordinator before submitting an application.

Please review the section on Informed Consent for detailed information on this important aspect of your research.


The Research Ethics Applications are received and vetted by the Research Ethics Coordinator. The application is then assigned reviewers (two for minimal risk, full committee review for research that exceeds minimal risk). The reviewers will submit their request for clarifications and revisions or indicate their approval. This initial review may take up to 3-4 weeks depending on volume and/or complexity of applications. These comments are sent via email to the researcher (for students, the comments will be sent to the supervisor). Researchers are asked to submit any revisions and clarifications electronically to the Research Ethics Coordinator. It is recommended that researchers use bold/underline, track changes or in some way highlight the areas that have been revised or clarified. This will assist the reviewers in quickly locating the requested information. Once the revisions and clarifications are received, they are sent to the same reviewers for review. The review of revisions and clarifications normally takes 5-10 working days. Once they have given their approval, a certificate of research ethics clearance is issued. Please note that the response time from reviewers can vary throughout the year due to peak times. Please ensure that you allow appropriate review time when planning your research project.

Note: Researchers may not begin any research with human participants until ethics clearance has been issued.

Application Process for Research Ethics Clearance


More information about the application process can be found here.

Please contact Brenda Gagne if you have any questions or concerns.

UREB forms are located on the website: