Graduate Student Workshop on Oct. 1st

There will be a free lecture discussing the ethical conduct of research involving humans on Oct. 1, 2016 in SFU Surrey. For more information, and to sign up, go to

Funding Titles and ORE Application Titles

When submitting an application for ethics review using the SFU Ethics Database for a project that is funded and the funds are being administered by SFU Office of Research Services (ORS), please ensure that the Principal Investigator listed on the funding award, sub-award, contract or sub-contract, is the same as the Principal Investigator on the ethics application. The Principal Investigator must be a SFU Faculty or Adjunct Faculty member for all types of funding except MITACS. If the study is funded by MITACS, ORS will accept the SFU Student or Faculty Supervisor listed as Principal Investigator on the ethics application.

In addition, the overall study title for the ethics application may be different from your funding title; however, you must ensure that the funding title is included in question 3 of your ethics application. If you include this information correctly, your funding source and funding title as well as the Principal Investigator will appear on your SFU Ethics Approval Letter issued by ORE and ORS will then be able to release your funds.

Study Submission Deadlines for Full Board Applications

See submission deadlines for Full Board Review applications in 2016. These only apply to applications that require Full Board review.

Human Ethics Requirements Checklist for Graduate Students

The ORE has created a ‘Human Ethics Requirements Checklist for Graduate Students’ to help them identify when they need research ethics review. This document is available here.

iPinCH Working Better Together Conference

SFU ORE participated in the "Working Better Together Conference on Indigenous Research Ethics". Their website includes links to video of the conference proceedings for those interested in viewing these interesting and valuable presentations. 

Working Better Together Conference website reporting page:

and Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage Event page:

Research Using FluidSurveys

Please note, SFU is now offering access to a version of FluidSurveys that is hosted in Canada and meets the requirements of BC's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA).  As many of you are aware, SurveyMonkey, a US company, recently acquired FluidSurveys. Due to the special circumstances and requirements of BC's FIPPA legislation, SFU's contract with SurveyMonkey for FluidSurveys makes a specific exemption to their standard policy. That exemption provides for extraordinary cases where staff in the USA would access surveys and survey data hosted in Canada. For more information please visit:

Completion of Studies

Unsure of when to close your research study? Please refer to the new Completion of Study Guideline on our Ethics Forms page for more information on when, and how, to close your study.  

Amendment Submissions for Thesis Title Changes NOT REQUIRED

The Office of Research Ethics in consultation with the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies and The Library Thesis Office Read More

Brown Bag Sessions

Have a question about your research ethics application? One day each month we hold Brown Bag sessions to answer your questions. See the upcoming dates and our events calendar below!

*Note that dates are subject to change depending on availability.

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Check back for special Brown Bag Presentations in 2016!

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