You must apply for research ethics approval if you are conducting research at Bow Valley College and/or are using Bow Valley College employees and/or learners as participants. It is MANDATORY for all members of the research team to include a copy of their TCPS2 Core Tutorial certificate with the application.

Research Ethics Forms

REB Application Submission Deadlines
REB Meeting Dates
  • September 14, 2023
  • October 12, 2023
  • November 09, 2023
  • January 11, 2024
  • February 08, 2024
  • March 14, 2024
  • April 11, 2024
  • May 09, 2024
  • June 13, 2024
  • September 21, 2023
  • October 19, 2023
  • November 16, 2023
  • January 18, 2024
  • February 15, 2024
  • March 21, 2024
  • April 18, 2024
  • May 16, 2024
  • June 20, 2024

To apply, please fill out the application linked below and email it to the Research Ethics Board (REB) at Contact Applied Research for help in preparing your application and/or to review your application before submission. If you encounter any glitches with it, please email

You may find this guide helpful in completing the application. 

Planning to conduct a program evaluation, quality assurance or improvement project at the college but not sure if it needs research ethics approval? Simply complete the screening form below and email it to for a quick review. REB will advise if further ethics review is needed and provide support with ethics guidelines. 


If you plan on having BVC learners do research as part of your class or research involving human participants is part of their Work Integrated Learning (WIL) / Capstone Project experience, you may be required to get REB approval at least one (1) month prior to the start of the term. Please contact to find out if you need to submit a Course-Based Research Ethics Form.



If your proposal is of minimal risk and/or if a research ethics board at another institution has already approved your project, you may be eligible for an Expedited Review. Contact to find out whether you are eligible for an expedited review. If the board confirms that your project qualifies for an expedited review, complete the Expedited Review Form and submit it to

External Researchers-If you are an external researcher wanting to do research at Bow Valley College or using Bow Valley College faculty, staff, and/or learners as participants, you must complete a Research Ethics Application. If you have received ethics approval at another institution, you may be eligible for an Expedited Review. 


During the research process, things may not always go as planned. You may need to make changes or ask for an extension to complete your research. If so, please fill out a Modification of an Approved Project form or an Extension of an Approved Project form. You must receive an approved extension before you can continue with your research. Please email completed forms to The REB will review it within two weeks and notify you of their decision.

To maintain your ethics approval, you must report to the REB at several key points during your research project. The REB gives ethics approval for one year. If your research takes longer than one year, you will have to submit a Continuing Review Form to the REB and receive approval. This must be done before your original ethics approval expires. You will receive a decision about your ongoing approval within 2 weeks of submission.

Once your project is complete, you will need to submit a Study Completion Report to the REB, as well as a copy of your final report. 

Informed consent is an important part of the ethics approval process. It informs your potential participants about any risk(s) associated with your study, what they will be asked to do, and how their data will be used, stored, and protected.

·  Informed Consent Checklist
This detailed checklist describes what you should include in your informed consent form.

·  Informed Consent Template
This template is a guide for what to include in your Informed Consent form for your participants.

For more information on filling out your application, visit our Research Ethics Information page.

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