NAIT is committed to the highest standards of research excellence
At NAIT, research is one of the many ways our polytechnic delivers value to our students, staff and industry partners. Whether it's through supporting research that addresses real-world challenges or contributing to world-class research with our colleagues in higher education and industry, we understand the need to deliver high quality, rigorous and usable results.
NAIT’s Research Ethics Board (REB) is integral to delivering on this promise. The Board is governed by Canada's Panel on Research Ethics and the Tri-Council Policy Statement (TCPS 2). The REB supports researchers and research participants by ensuring that research at NAIT upholds the following key standards:
- privacy and confidentiality
- high quality research outcomes and data integrity
- data collection, storage and management
- fair compensation for research participation
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When do you need ethics approval?
Ethics approval is required for any research involving human participants. The REB provides research review and approval for NAIT students, NAIT instructors and researchers, non-NAIT post-secondary researchers and faculty as well as industry partners and research organizations. Research that meet any or all of the criteria below will require ethics approval.
Research involving human subjects conducted at NAIT
This includes research by academic staff, persons with adjunct appointments, visiting instructors, visiting professional associates, research associates, administrative and support staff and students.
Research carried out using NAIT resources
This includes research conducted on NAIT premises, using its facilities, equipment, financial or material resources and research involving any members of the NAIT community.
External research that may include NAIT employees or students
This applies to researchers from industry or other higher education institutions who may involve NAIT staff or students as participants in any or all the research activities.
Please note, activities that fall into the category of quality assurance or quality improvement don’t require REB review. Quality assurance and quality improvement activities are described as “program evaluation activities and performance reviews,” as well as projects that are used “exclusively for assessment, management or improvement purposes” (Article 2.5).
Applying for research ethics review
All researchers must have completed the Course on Research Ethics (CORE) Tutorial before submitting their research ethics review application. If you have questions about CORE or have issues completing the tutorial, please contact your instructor, research supervisor or a NAIT Research Ethics Board member for support.
Preparing your application package
Researchers are required to submit an application package that includes your completed application proposal and data-gathering methods.
A research ethics application usually includes information about the key elements of a study, including the study name, objective and design, risks and benefits, participant and recruitment information, data-collection methods and privacy protocols. Researchers will also be asked to submit supporting documentation, listed in the table below.
In addition to information about the study, the application must contain copies of relevant documentation. See table below for details.
|Documents required for all applications
Submit any/all that are part of your study
- survey or questionnaire questions
- interview questions
- recruitment and/or advertisement materials (posters, flyers, email script, etc.)
- information letter
- Research Ethics Board approval from other participating institution(s), if conducting multi-jurisdictional research
Complete the fillable PDF form
This application can also be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Download the PDF fillable version: Research Ethics Application (pdf)
Please ensure you submit your application along with supporting documentation (such as CORE tutorial, informed consent, and any other documentation).
Feedback and next steps
Once the form has been submitted, researchers will receive a confirmation email. Next steps will be communicated to the same email address once the Research Ethics Board has reviewed the application. In some cases, further information may be required.
Each research ethics application is reviewed carefully by members of the Research Ethics Board at NAIT. Review turnaround times depend largely on volume of applications, so we advise that researchers allow for at least 2-3 weeks before the start of their research.
Research ethics review may be expedited in certain circumstances, such as in the case of multi-jurisdictional research where an application may have already received approval from one or more institutions. Researchers will have to provide proof of previous REB approval in addition to their application package.
Policies and procedures
The following NAIT policies and procedures apply to research.
NAIT’s Institution Research Data Management Strategy
The following is NAIT’s institutional research data management (RDM) strategy as of February 2023.
Read the strategy (pdf)