VIU Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity

Submission Deadlines and Meeting Dates

Due to faculty holidays, no new applications will be accepted between May 28, 2021 and August 16, 2021. Applications for continuing review and amendment will continue to be processed during faculty holidays.


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, or may occur in a cultural context/s unfamiliar to the researcher/s.

Submission Deadline

Meeting Date 

May 7, 2021 May 21, 2022
May 28, 2021  Jun 11, 2021
Aug 16, 2021 Aug 27, 2021
Sep 3, 2021 Sep 17, 2021
Oct 12, 2021 Oct 15, 2021
Nov 5, 2021 Nov 19, 2021
Dec 3, 2021 Dec 17, 2021
Jan 7, 2022 Jan 21, 2022
Feb 4, 2022 Feb 18, 2022
Mar 4, 2022 Mar 18, 2022
Mar 25, 2022 Apr 8, 2022
Apr 29, 2022 May 13, 2022
May 30, 2022 Jun 10, 2022
Aug 15, 2022 Aug 26, 2022