Conducting Research at the SCSIL

Information and resources for conducting research at the SCSIL

Do you have an exciting research project and you think the SCSIL would be the right environment to carry it out in? You’ve come to the right place.

Different research projects have different needs, depending on their phase, human and material resources needed and available. We have outlined a three-step process below with basic steps to follow to help kick off or continue your research at the SCSIL.

  1. Step 1: Get in touch

    A key way in which we support research is by facilitating access to SCSIL resources, such as space and equipment. As space and equipment are limited in availability, it is especially important we ensure that availability and expectations are aligned and that resources are used effectively. Accordingly, the first step of exploring the possibility to conduct research at the SCSIL is to send us an email.

    Your email should include a description of the research project (research objectives, methods, contributions to simulation education) proposed timeline, and space/human/material resources needed from the SCSIL and be sent to lucy.vicenzo [at] We will review your request and provide a short letter with the description appended attesting to our plan to support the proposed project. This can be used for step 2.

    We will also ask you about any funding you have or plan to secure for the study (see Bonus Step below). Knowing this will help us assess how we might be able to potentially help as well as provide context to discuss potential research facility fees. Please see Supporting Research at the SCSIL.

  2. Step 2: Get IRB approval

    Like any other unit at McGill, research cannot take place without Institutional Review Board (IRB) Approval. If you have received funding from a scholarly agency (e.g., CIHR, SSHRC, RCPSC, IHSE-Research and Innovation Grants Committee) you may be able to submit to IRB directly. If you have not received funding from a scholarly agency or wish to receive additional feedback prior to submitting to IRB, we encourage you to take advantage of the Institute for Health Sciences (IHSE) Scientific Peer Review Program. Doing so may help expedite your IRB as well as increase the quality of your research. Many simulation education researchers who conduct research at the SCSIL are members or associate members of the IHSE. Accordingly, the IHSE aims to have at least one person with simulation education research experience review related proposals submitted to the IHSE.

    For IRB questions, please visit McGill’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Research Ethics (IRB) website. The SCSIL is part of McGill’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and subject to IRB policies.

  3. Step 3: Get started

    Received IRB approval? Please contact us ASAP to proceed with booking or confirming booking for your study. This is also the time to finalize and adapt plans, if needed, based on your IRB approval timeline (which can vary) and other factors that may necessitate some tweaking to your original, approved research plans.

  4. Step 4: Get noticed

    We are thrilled to support simulation education research. An important part of that is promoting research once it’s published or accepted for presentation. Don’t forget to acknowledge where the research was done in journal articles or presentations and to let us know when research is ready to shine so we can help promote it on our website, through social media and our other channels.

  5. Bonus Step: Get funded

    One of the ways we can support research is to provide a letter of support to funding agencies outlining potential material, space, and human resources the SCSIL can provide. An official letter is not always required, nor is it always possible to include in funding applications, but being able to include specifics can help enhance the feasibility of a competitive grant. We encourage you to mention whether you are seeking specific support estimates or a letter for a grant when you reach out to us in phase 1.

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