Research Ethics

Submitting an Application

Working with Humans
All research that involves humans must be submitted through the CBU Research Ethics Board prior to the commencement of the project.


Working with Animals
All researchers must submit an Animal Use Protocol to the CBU Animal Care Committee before starting research with animals.

Maintaining High Standards

At Cape Breton University, we’re serious about out our commitment to ethical standards. To review the complete policy please read the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2), the official joint ethics policy of Canada’s three federal research agencies. These three agencies are:

The tri-council policy, which covers a wide range of topics, is based on three main principles: respect for people, concern for welfare, and justice. It’s also part of a larger agreement between the three agencies and the grant-seeking institution called the Agreement on the Administration of Agency Grants and Awards by Research Institutions.

What’s CBU’s role?

To receive and administer research funds from these three agencies, we must agree to comply with a number of the policies outlined in the Agreement on the Administration of Agency Grants and Awards by Research Institutions, including TCPS 2.

Our Research Ethics Board is responsible for ensuring that all research involving humans adheres to the moral code of practice expressed in the Tri-Council Policy Statement (TCPS 2).