Any research project that involves human participation conducted through this course (for example, a questionnaire or survey, or system user-evaluation, etc.) must have independent review by a Research Ethics Committee before its commencement.
Individual applications are considered on their own merits. A basic principle is that prospective participants should be fully informed about the research and its implications for them as participants, with time to reflect on the possibility for participation prior to being asked to sign an informed consent form. Informing prospective participants fully includes declaring potential conflicts of interest that the researcher may have in conducting the research, detailing how participants may withdraw data associated with their participation from further analysis within the study, explaining the preservation of their anonymity within the study, warning them about potential consequences of discovery during the study of issues that would necessarily have precedence over assurances of anonymity, and so on.
The Research Ethics Committee will consider each application and normally provide a response within two weeks but not more than one month later. You will not receive an automated acknowledgement that your application has been received (therefore, you can be certain that when you receive mail about your application, it has been addressed).
It takes time to prepare an application for research ethics approval, to have the application considered, and to respond to feedback on the application where issues are raised. You should plan in your work for the time it takes to obtain research ethics approval.
To apply for research ethics approval, you should email your application to email@example.com You will not receive an automated acknowledgement that your application has been received (therefore, you can be certain that when you receive mail about your application, it has been addressed).
All applications must be reviewed and signed by the research Supervisor or Principal Investigator on the project. This signature confirms an assertion that the application is complete in terms of its formal requirements; it does not stand as proxy for ethical approval. Forms which are not signed or presented to an acceptable standard (eg: incomplete; excessive typographical or grammatical errors) will be returned and may therefore incur delays for the researchers involved.
Retrospective approval will not be granted.
Please also note, research conducted in the School of Computer Science and Statistics should be undertaken with cognisance of the TCD Guidelines for Good Research Practice.