Submission Process

Determining which REB to apply to

Researchers normally apply to the REB based on their unit or faculty affiliation.
The Research Ethics Board-1 (REB-1) serves the following areas: Faculty of Law, Faculty of Arts (except Linguistics, School of Social Work, School of Information Studies), Faculty of Engineering, Desautels Faculty of Management, School of Continuing Studies, Faculty of Religious Studies, Faculty of Science (except Psychology), and any other unit not covered by the REB-2, for the review of research involving competent adults.
Chair: Prof. Sarah Moser
The Research Ethics Board-2 (REB-2) serves the following areas: Linguistics, Psychology, Schulich School of Music, School of Social Work, School of Information Studies, and the Faculty of Education, for research involving competent adults.
Chair: Prof. Annett Korner
The Research Ethics Board-3 (REB-3) serves all faculties except the Faculties of Medicine and Dentistry for the review of research involving minors or adults not competent to consent, including research that falls under Article 21 of the Quebec Civil Code.
Chair: Prof. Melanie Dirks
The Research Ethics Board-4 (REB-4) serves all units in in the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences for research involving competent adults.
Chair: Prof. Niladri Basu

Exceptions to the above

georgia.kalavritinos [at] (subject: Determining%20which%20REB%20to%20apply%20to) (Contact) the REB Office if in doubt about which REB to apply to.

Application Instructions

***Required human research ethics training*** -All Principal Investigator applicants, whether McGill students (graduate, postdoctoral), faculty or staff, must complete the Tri-Council Policy Statement2 (TCPS2) online tutorial BEFOREsubmitting an application for review. Supervisors of student applicants are also required to complete the tutorial before submission for review. To complete the online tutorial go to the TCPS2 Course on Research Ethics (CORE) website ( and create an account selecting McGill as your institution. Completion can then be verified online by the REB office. You will also be able to print a certificate of completion for your records. The tutorial is available in English and French.
Principal Investigators may be faculty members or graduate students/postdoctoral fellows with a faculty supervisor. Undergraduate students cannot apply as a Principal Investigator. Course instructors may apply as the Principal Investigator for students required to complete an assignment involving human participant research as part of the course.
New applications: The most recent version of the application on this website must be used. Older versions will not be accepted. Applications MUST be submitted by email. Do not send a hard copy. All signatures must be in place before the application is submitted. Digital or scanned signatures are accepted. Applications must be sent from the researcher’s McGill email. Submit only ONE attachment containing all necessary documentation including the application, consent forms, recruitment materials, measures, interview guides etc. in Word or PDF. The submission must be paginated with all appendices clearly labelled.
Send applications for REB-1 and 4 to Deanna Collin (deanna.collin [at]
Send applications for REB-2 to Georgia Kalavritinos (georgia.kalavritinos [at]
Send applications for REB-3 to Lynda McNeil (lynda.mcneil [at]
Amendments, Renewals, Closures, Unanticipated Issues/Adverse Event Reports: The most recent version of the forms must be used. Go to the Forms section to obtain the relevant form. Submit by email.Do not send a hard copy. All signatures must be in place before submitting. Digital or scanned signatures are accepted and the form must be sent from the researcher’s McGill email.
Send Amendments and Unanticipated Issues Reports to Lynda McNeil (lynda.mcneil [at]
Send Renewals/Closures Reports to Deanna Collin (deanna.collin [at]
Submission Deadlines:
New applications and amendments expected to involve no more than minimal risk can be submitted at any time. Minimal risk research may be done by a delegated review rather than by a full board review. Allow a minimum of 4-6 weeks for review of new applications. Minimal risk research is defined as 'if potential participants can reasonably be expected to regard the probability and magnitude of possible harms implied by participation in the research to be no greater than those encountered by the participant in those aspects of his/her everyday life that relate to the research, then the research can be regarded as within the range of minimal risk’.
Proposals involving greater than minimal risk, and most proposals involving minors, require a full board meeting review. The submission deadline for proposals needing full board review is the first Friday of every month. Meetings are held approximately 4 weeks after the submission deadline.  Please note there are no full board meetings held in July and August.

Help With Submissions

Do you have questions? Need advice? Have a draft application you would like reviewed?
You can drop by for a consultation without an appointment on any Wednesday, from 2-4 p.m at the REB Office (REBs-1,2,3,4) located in the James Administration Bldg. rm 325. Cancelled until further notice.
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