Ethical review of research funders

The University conducts ethical reviews for research grant funding (that is, funding for carrying out research and not for standalone events or training). The ethical review process seeks to ensure researchers are impartial and independent from their association with their research funder.

You should keep approval letters for research funders as part of your project paperwork. Students should include these alongside other ethical approval documents in their final thesis submission.

You should submit an ethical review of research funders - application form (Word) if your research grant funder is:

When completing your application, note that it could be made public under a Freedom of Information request.

Your ethical funder application will be reviewed by a sub-committee of the University Teaching and Research Ethics Committee (UTREC) and administered by the UTREC office. The review process usually takes less than 48 hours. For details on the process, please see the ethical review of research funders - process (PDF)

Only once your application is approved can you receive research grant funding from that funder for your project.