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All research projects require ethical approval before primary data collection / experimental work begins.
The University's Research Ethics Sub-Committee [RESC] considers:
- proposals from postgraduate research students (PhD, Prof.Doc, MPhil), and staff, involving human subjects
- all research proposals involving non-human animal subjects
- all research that requires the formal approval of an external body (see part 3 of RESC guidance)
Undergraduate and taught Masters proposals (including those involving human subjects) are reviewed and approved by Project Tutors. Where necessary, RESC will offer advice about and/or assess proposals referred to the committee from academic departments.
Staff and PGR student 'Low Risk' proposals are reviewed and approved by the Head of the relevant University Research Centre.
The University's Code of Practice, Guidance, and forms for applying for ethical approval for research projects are available below.
If you have any questions about ethical approval, please contact the Head of Research Services, Stewart Milne: email@example.com
Research can be funded by a very wide range of organisations. Their motivations vary, as does the extent to which different types of costs can be met.
For example, the income from companies commissioning research projects on a “fee” basis may cover direct costs, institutional overhead costs and produce a surplus. On the other hand, research funded through a grant from the European Regional Development Fund will cover eligible direct costs only.
The expectations of different research funders also vary. For example, it’s expected that the results of research funded by the UK Research Councils or the European Union will be widely disseminated and that 'impact' is demonstrated. A company commissioning research for its own purposes is more likely to want the results kept confidential.
It’s important that you are aware of the specific expectations and regulations of the organisation from which you intend to gain funding. Advice is available from the Finance Department (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Research Services (email@example.com).
The links which follow are to major public funders of research (and sources of information). Prospective clients for fee-based research are more likely to be found through your own external networks. In addition, a useful source of guidance about funding for research students is at: www.prospects.ac.uk/funding.