Applying for human research ethics approval

Before applying for approval, you must complete the SOL Research Integrity Professional Development Program. Students can access this via Blackboard, and staff can access this via iPerform.

Application process

If you are applying for ethics approval for a new project, log into InfoEd using your Curtin credentials, create a new record, and go through the process for “New Human Protocol in Human Ethics Development”.

Note for students: In the Chief Investigator screen you must delete your name and add your supervisor’s name. Add yourself as co-investigator and click save to be able to go back into the system and see the form. If you are a staff member but submitting as a student make sure you use your student credentials.

Your application will be submitted to the Ethics Support Officer for your faculty. If you are not from one of the four faculties, or you’re from the Sarawak Campus, your application will be submitted to the Science and Engineering Ethics Support Officer.

On submitting your application the Ethics Support Officer will triage your application to either Negligible risk, Low risk or Non-low risk.

  • Negligible risk process:
    Your application will be assessed by the Ethics Office.
  • Low risk process:
    Your application will be sent to one reviewer in your school to review your project.
  • Non-low risk process:
    If your project has been peer reviewed (i.e. has candidacy or has grant approval from a funding body that uses a peer review process) the application will be assessed by the Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) only.

If your project has not been peer reviewed it will be assessed by the Advisory Committee to the HREC first. Once your project has approval from the Advisory Committee it will then be assessed by the HREC.

Application deadlines for non-low risk submissions

See the application deadlines and HREC meeting dates for 2018 [.pdf – 30kB]

Previously-approved projects

If your project has already been approved by another Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC), you may qualify for reciprocal ethics approval through Curtin. Log into InfoEd, create a new record, and complete a “reciprocal application” form. Along with your reciprocal application form, please upload:

  • A completed copy of the lead HREC ethics application form,
  • A copy of the lead HREC ethics approval letter,
  • A copy of any amendments/adverse events/progress reports as approved by the lead HREC after ethics approval was granted.

Note for students: in the Chief Investigator screen you must delete your name and add your supervisor’s name. Add yourself as co-investigator and click save to be able to go back into the system and see the form. If you are a staff member but submitting as a student make sure you use your student credentials.

Your application will be reviewed by the Manager Research Integrity.