Preparation

Find information on insurance, training and ethics approval.

Accident Insurance

UBC has various coverages for student groups – some of these are automatic as part of the student program, while others are optional. Students engaged in research activities as a part of their coursework or those who are employees of UBC (i.e. receiving a paycheque from UBC payroll) are covered by existing insurance. Students who are volunteering in a lab or engaged in research activities unrelated to their coursework are not automatically covered by UBC’s insurance and should confirm their insurance status/needs with their supervisor.

  • Students participating in the FoM SSRP will have insurance purchased for them by the program. Students receiving awards from other programs or as volunteers should confirm that their supervisor has purchased the appropriate insurance on their behalf.
  • Being paid a stipend or scholarship does not automatically make you a UBC employee; you must be paid via a student appointment form.

*Note that the insurance coverage discussed here is only for accidents, it is completely separate from the liability insurance required when interacting with patients. If you are a UBC MD student and you have questions regarding liability insurance please contact Student Affairs.

 

Student insurance is handled by UBC Risk Management Services, please start by visiting their website. You will find up to date information on the different types of insurance available as well as the actual insurance policies. You will also find contact information should your supervisor wish to purchase insurance on your behalf (minimal cost of $4-$7/year). FoM Faculty, staff and students are also welcome to contact the FoM Student Research & Education Coordinator with inquiries of a general nature.

Research Safety Training

Complete the training courses required for your specific project. UBC training is offered free to UBC faculty, staff and students.

In addition, ensure you complete any additional unit/facility required safety training or orientations.

Ethics Training

Complete the appropriate Animal User or Human Ethics training if required by your specific project (UBC training is offered free to UBC faculty, staff and students).

Ethics Approval

Any research involving human participants that is conducted at UBC facilities (including UBC-affiliated hospitals) or by persons connected to the University must be reviewed and approved by one of UBC’s six sanctioned Research Ethics Boards (REBs). Similarly, research or teaching conducted at UBC or by persons affiliated with UBC that involves the use of animals must have the approval of the UBC Committee on Animal Care. Furthermore, research projects conducted in conjunction with other agencies (health authorities, universities etc.) may also require approval from additional REBs:

  • UBC-AFFILIATED REB – required for all projects (that necessitate ethical review) conducted under the auspices of UBC (includes FoM SSRP). There are six UBC-affiliated REBs; researchers affiliated with one of these six REBs need only submit ethics applications to their local REB for approval. Approvals from one UBC-affiliated REB are recognized by the other affiliated REBs (BREB, CREB, UBC-O REB, BCCA REB, BCCH REB, PHC REB). See https://ethics.research.ubc.ca/.
  • There are no universal* coordinated review agreements with the following REBs and thus ethics applications must be submitted to multiple REBs for approval:
    • FHA REB* – required if the research involves Fraser Health Authority. However, if your project is minimal risk and involves FHA REB and UBC REB please refer to the following link.
    • IHA REB* – required if the research involves Interior Health Authority.
    • NHA REB – required if the research involves Northern Health Authority.
    • UNBC REB – required if the faulty supervisor holds an appointment at the University of Northern BC (UNBC) and the project will be conducted under the auspices of UNBC.
    • UVic REB – required if the faculty supervisor holds an appointment at the University of Victoria (UVic) and the project will be conducted under the auspices of UVic.
    • Island Health REB* – required if the research involves Island Health Authority.

*Note that there is a special coordinated review process in place for SSRP projects being conducted at FHA, IHA or Island Health. See the guidance note for additional information.

  • For UBC Clinical Application Guidance Notes refer to the following link
  • For UBC Behavioural Application Guidance Notes refer to the following link

Questions and clarifications should be directed to the appropriate REB (see https://ethics.research.ubc.ca/).

Planning your Project

Information on study design, methodology, etc.

Additional Resources

To suggest additional resources contact the FoM Student Research Coordinator.