Ethical review application
Research involving humans - response to COVID-19
17 April 2020
Until further notice, all research activity involving travel or face-to-face interaction with participants must now stop. See the announcement in full here: Urgent announcement regarding research involving humans (PDF) . This is in line with the approach being taken by the NHS and other institutions. See also the information regarding researchers and fieldworkers abroad.
Research at this time must be conducted using online or remote methods. If that is not possible, it must be postponed.
For more information, see the interim guidance for research involving humans. The guidance includes the types of research that can continue, ethical considerations, making a new ethical review application or amending an existing ethical approval in the current circumstances.
If your research involves human participants, their data or samples, then ethical review and approval is mandatory and must be obtained before starting your research. This page describes how to submit an application for ethical review and what to expect along the way.
Researchers should consult the guidance on ethical issues for more on what to consider when planning research and completing an application form.
There are ethical review application form - exemplars (PDF) available for reference when completing the free-text fields in the application form and there is also training (online and face to face) available for applicants.
Those making the following types of applications should follow the link for additional information:
- collaborative application (if you are collaborating with another School or organisation)
- amendment application (if you already have ethical approval but your plans have changed)
- teaching module application (if you are a module coordinator)
- human tissue and cell line related application (if your research uses human tissue or cell lines)
For research involving the NHS
If you research involves the NHS visit the Research involving the NHS page.
For research involving children
You should seek the advice of the Child Panel Representative before submitting your application - Dr Barbara Dritschel, email: firstname.lastname@example.org There are template participant documents for children and letters to schools/parents and guardians. You may require PVG/DBS approval, check the guidance on the additional documents page.