Research ethics resources for researchers

The following are useful weblinks and resources for researchers relating to research ethics.

  • Research Ethics Guidebook - Guidance for researchers on designing research proposals to address ethical issues and applying for ethical approval, with signposts to more detailed information.
  • Horizon 2020 – Ethics - The requirements for ethical compliance for all EU-funded research. 
  • Association of Internet Researchers - Ethics Guides produced by AoIR, an academic association committed to ensuring that research on and about the internet is conducted in an ethical manner.
  • NHS Health Research Authority (HRA) - The NHS approval processes which bring together review by an NHS Research Ethics Committee (REC) (where required) and an assessment of regulatory compliance and related matters. This replaces the need for separate NHS permission by each participating organisation in England.
  • Is my project ‘research’? - A decision tool to help you decide whether or not your study is research.  Note: this is for health- related research only.
  • IRAS- (Integrated Research Application System) UK wide online (web-based) system for preparing applications for health and social care/community care research in the UK.
  • UK Data Archive - the UK's largest collection of social and economic data (acquisition, curation and access provider)
  • Guide to producing participant information sheets.
  • Guide on consent of participants.
  • DBS Disclosure and Barring Service (previously CRB - Criminal Records Bureau).
  • ESRC Framework for Research Ethics - All ESRC funded research which involves human participants must comply with the Framework. UWE’s Research Ethics Committees have been established in line with the key research ethics principles set out in this Framework.


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