The University of the West Indies (UWI), at Cave Hill, Barbados

The University of the West Indies

at Cave Hill, Barbados

Research Ethics

Human Research Ethics at Cave Hill

Protection of Persons, Education, and Outreach
The UWI Office of Research actively promotes education and quality assurance to ensure that faculty and students who conduct research involving human participants follow international standards protecting the safety and dignity of persons.

These include but are not limited to the core Principles of Respect for Persons, Beneficence, and Justice. 

UWI Policy on Research Ethics
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Barbados Data Protection Act

Research in Barbados must comply with the provisions of the Barbados Data Protection Act, 2019. The legislation is in effect from March 2021:

Who should submit proposals?
Most projects involving research on human beings should undergo IRB review. Most journals in the natural and social sciences now require formal ethics review for publication.

Please consult the UWI Policy on Research Ethics and contact the Office of Research for information regarding review requirements and criteria for exemption.

How can I apply?
We are pleased to announce the Launch of an Online Research Ethics Application System
Applications submitted before October 31 2021: All applications submitted or still in process up to October 27, 2021 will continue to be processed via the email address
Effective October 31 2021: All NEW applications submitted after October 31, 2021 must be submitted via the online Research Ethics Module on the UWIScholar platform 

Instructions for New Online Applications:

Copies of proposal guidelines are available from the Office of Research or from this website. Click here for details »

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