Applicable to all Master's and PhD degree students who initiate research that is not part of the requirements for their degree (i.e. student self-initiated research) but ethics approval is required
(Both expedited and full review)
Step 1: Completing the internal review process for the scientific content of the proposal
Download and complete the Scientific Review of Research Proposals form (R1)
Complete an internal scientific review for the research study:
* Contact your Supervisor, Head of Division, Unit or Centre Director to assign an internal reviewer. Note: this reviewer must be a senior researcher with expert knowledge of the research topic or area.
Submit the completed R1 form and your completed proposal to the internal reviewer to be reviewed for the scientific content.
* Provide a cover letter detailing the amendments, if any, to your research proposal following the internal review process.
FHS015-Guide to preparing a research proposal/protocol
Complete and sign the FHS013 form and provide supporting documents. In completing the FHS013 form, a UCT principal investigator (PI) is required. The PI could be your supervisor or a UCT staff from the School of Public Health and Family Medicine (SoPHFM) on the research project. Else, you are required to liaise with your Head of Division, Unit or Centre to nominate a SoPHFM staff member as your PI.
Ethics review processes
a.[Expedited ethics review required]: Submit the completed FHS013 form with the synopsis of your research, research protocol, motivation for expedited review, letter and any other supporting documents to the Departmental Research Committee Administrator, Email:firstname.lastname@example.org.
b.[Full ethics review required]: Submit the completed FHS013 form with the synopsis of your research, research protocol, cover letter and any other supporting documents to the Departmental Research Committee Administrator, Email: email@example.comHuman Research Ethics Application Submission dates.
Your PI will receive email communication from the HREC regarding the status of your ethics application. On successful approval, your HREC number will be communicated to you via the PI.
Step 3: Continuation of your research
If your research is being conducted in South Africa, involving public sector staff/clients or facilities, you will need to get the relevant government department clearance (e.g. the provincial DoH, the National DoH)
If your research is being conducted outside of South Africa, you will need to check whether local ethical clearance and institutional approval are required and comply with all requirements where applicable.
Proceed with your study—begin to collect data or to analyse your secondary data and complete your write up
If required, you may then submit your research proposal to the agency from whom you would like to seek funding
School of Public Health and Family Medicine
Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Cape Town