One-stop research portal launching Nov. 30
Memorial University’s new, web-based research portal is launching at the end of November.
The portal, which will be introduced in two phases, is aimed at researchers requiring human research ethics approvals and those undertaking funded research.
Phase One launches Nov. 30, allowing researchers working inside and outside the university to submit applications online to the three human research ethics boards:
- Memorial’s Interdisciplinary Committee on Ethics in Human Research
- Grenfell Campus’ Research Ethics Board
- The provincial Health Research Ethics Board
Phase Two will launch during the winter of 2016. At that time, principal investigators and their research teams will be able to use the portal to submit applications for funding through the university’s Research Grant and Contract Services department.
“We’ll kickstart the portal on Nov. 30, providing researchers with a one-stop, online approvals process for human research ethics boards,” said Dr. Richard Marceau, vice-president (research).
“The Phase Two launch of the research portal represents a sea change in how Memorial will process research grant requests and support our faculty members. Our goal is to continue to improve services to our researchers and the new portal takes us to the next level in delivering a more client-centred applications and approvals process.”
The portal will also route researcher applications to deans, department heads and review committees for approvals and sign-off. As a funding application moves through each stage of the process, the principal investigator and research team will be updated on approvals and changes via email and within the portal’s work-flow log.
Post-approval activities, such as annual renewals and amendments, can also be entered into the research portal – linking all these activities to the original application.
Starting Nov. 20, researchers will be able to go online to request portal accounts and to register for training sessions.
Training sessions for researchers, who intend to submit human research ethics applications, will begin the week of Nov. 23. Instructional videos will also be available.
Further updates on the launch of the research portal will be posted in the coming days at www.mun.ca/research.