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Frequently Asked Questions

Researchers working in the Institutes of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Political Science and the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (i.e., project managers, PhD candidates, assistant professors, associate professors, visiting researchers, professors by special appointment) have to apply for ethical approval at the Ethics Review Committee Social Sciences when starting a new research project.

Currently, the Ethics Review Committee Social Sciences only reviews research proposals that need ethical approval because third-party funders require this.

Note, however, that this will change in the near future as it will become mandatory for all research projects and studies to have been subjected to ethical review no matter whether the study or project is financed by third-party funders or not.

This depends on the requirements set forth by third-party funder. Some funders require an ethical approval before honoring the research application. Others, require such an assessment afterwards.

Note, however, that we need at least 15 working days for an ethical review and that the Review Committee might ask you to address some additional issues before approval is given.

Please, visit the application website. Before submitting a research proposal for ethical review, please consult the Ethical Procedure and Questions document. This document helps to clarify the ethical questions and dilemmas in your research. To submit your research project, please use the request form for informing the committee about the ethical issues in your research.

After completing the request form, you can submit the ethics review request to the Ethics Review Committee via e-mail.

In case you are involved in an interdisciplinary research project within our faculty, you only need to submit your ethics review request to one review committee – please choose the committee that is most appropriate.

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