VIU Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity

Submission Deadlines and Meeting Dates

Please be aware that due to faculty holidays, the REB is unable to accept new applications for ethical review until August 15th. Revised applications, amendments, and renewals will continue to be processed over the summer, until July 29th. The REB Office is closed from August 1st to August 15th.    

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Applications for ethical review are reviewed at a monthly meeting of the full board or on a delegated basis by a subcommittee of the REB. Applications suitable for delegated review are reviewed on an ongoing basis (i.e. no deadline). Applications suitable for full board review must be received by the REB two weeks prior to a monthly REB meeting, as indicated below.

Whether an Application will be reviewed at a monthly REB meeting or on a delegated basis is determined by a “Level of Review Assessment.” Applications that meet any of the following criteria are reviewed at a monthly meeting of the full board:

  • The research poses greater than ‘minimal risk’, defined as research in which the probability and magnitude of possible harms implied by participation in the research is no greater than those encountered by participants in the aspects of their everyday life that relate to the research;
  • The research involves deception or withholding of information from participants; or
  • The research involves persons or groups in vulnerable circumstances, invasive methods, sensitive subject matter, potentially illegal activities, or may occur in a cultural context/s unfamiliar to the researcher/s.

Submission Deadline

Meeting Date 

Aug 15, 2022 Aug 26, 2022
Sep 2, 2022 Sep 16, 2022
Oct 7, 2022 Oct 21, 2022
Nov 4, 2022 Nov 18, 2022
Dec 2, 2022 Dec 16, 2022
Jan 6, 2023 Jan 20, 2023
Feb 3, 2023 Feb 17, 2023
Mar 3, 2023 Mar 17, 2023
Apr 7, 2023 April 21, 2023
May 5, 2023 May 19, 2023
May 26, 2023 Jun 9, 2023