Research: Ethics

The application deadline for the current academic year is June 1st. Applications received after June 1st will be reviewed in the following academic year, starting in September.

If you plan to conduct research that involves human participants you must have Research Ethics Board (REB) approval for your study. All research at George Brown College that involves human subjects must undergo a review and approval process by the Research Ethics Board (REB) to ensure that the research complies with the ethical standards.


Research Ethics Workshops 2021-2022

For further information please contact Noor Kabani ( Chair, GBC Research Ethics Board. Workshops are offered through Microsoft Teams by one or more members of the GBC Research Ethics Board. More dates to be published in the new year.

Note: Dates and times are subject to change. 

Research Ethics Workshop

This workshop is for all staff who are considering independent research or course‐based research at GBC.

Time: 9-12 a.m., Oct 27, 2021

Information Session on Course-Based Research Ethics

This workshop is for all staff who provide pedagogical research opportunities to students, involving human participants.

Time: 3-4 p.m.

  • Nov 4, 2021
  • Dec 2, 2021
  • Jan 6, 2022
  • Feb 3, 2022

Information Session on Independent Research Ethics

This workshop is for all staff who are considering independent research at GBC.

Time: 3-4 p.m.

  • Nov 18, 2021
  • Dec 16, 2021
  • Jan 20, 2022
  • Feb 17, 2022

Learn more about the Research Ethics Process:

Research Ethics Board

Find out more about ethics, the board, our meetings, and types of review.

Application Process

Discover what you need to do to ensure your proposed research project complies with ethical standards.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I help ensure my application is reviewed quickly?

Messy, unclear or incomplete applications take longer for the REB to review. Make sure your methodology is clear and detailed, use plain English and avoid jargon, and check your application for spelling and typing errors. Poorly completed applications and the applications that do not follow GBC REB document naming protocol will not be processed.

Another major cause of delay is insufficient and/or inappropriate language around informed consent. Clearly demonstrate how you will ensure informed and voluntary consent for participants. Also, include a clause of anonymity in your consent letter, if appropriate.

How should I communicate with the REB?

Initiate contact with the REB via email to Check your inbox spam settings to make sure emails from the REB are not blocked.

How can I learn more about research ethics?

Contact the research office at to find out about up-coming ethics workshops and training opportunities. Take the online tutorial.


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