As a signatory to the Agreement on the Administration of Agency Grants and Awards by Research Institutions with the federal granting agencies, namely the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the University of Lethbridge is required to withhold access to funding for research using human participants or animals until ethics approval has been granted by the appropriate review committee.
Funds may be released, on a pro-rated basis, if the activities involving human participants or animals will only take place in a future fiscal year and the methodology still needs to be determined. The University has in place a two-stage process for the release of agency funding for research projects prior to ethics review, as well as a process for emerging certification if, during the course of a grant, the research changes enough to require ethics certification.
Request for the Release of Funding Prior to Ethics Review
Requests for the release of funds prior to ethics review may be made by completing the Request for the Release of Funding Prior to Ethics Review Form, and submitting it to Susan Entz at email@example.com or as a hard copy to Susan Entz in the Office of Research Ethics. Any funds released prior to ethics review are restricted for expenses that are incurred before human participants or animals are involved in the research.