Protocol Submission Deadlines & Who to Submit to (Human Research)

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As of July 28th, 2020 all face-to-face human research (on-campus and in the field) will require submission of a completed Face-to-Face Human Research Checklist, uploaded to the Document Summary section (#13) in MRHP, and COVID-19 related information as described in the U of T Guidance for the Recovery of Human Research During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Please contact with any questions.

University of Toronto Research Ethics Boards (REBs) will continue to accept and review all new submissions and continuing review activities (renewals, amendments, adverse events and protocol completion reports). Timelines may be longer than normal. Please note that the REBs are reviewing all new submissions even if the research cannot be undertaken at this time due to COVID-19 restrictions. The continuance of review is to prevent a backlog of submissions once COVID-19 restrictions are removed.  

Who is this for?

Protocol submission information is relevant to those in the following roles at the University of Toronto (U of T).

  • Professors, Faculty Members
  • Teaching Stream Faculty conducting course-based human research
  • Postdoctoral Fellows
  • Research Team Members
  • Students conducting course based human research or human research for submission to the Research Ethics Board (REB)
  • Researchers with Toronto Academic Health Science Network (TAHSN) hospital REB approvals that involve U of T

Need to find human ethics guidelines (e.g., informed consent, student participation, data privacy, etc.)?  Please see Human Ethics Principles & Guidelines.


Submission Deadlines

Delegated review: The deadline for delegated review is every Monday (or first business day of the week) by 4:00 PM. For submission instructions, please see Submit a Human Ethics Protocol.

Full board review: Submission due dates for full board review are determined by the respective Research Ethics Board (REB). Please submit your protocol through My Research Human Protocols (MRHP) well in advance of your intended start date.

The MRHP submission process is complete when all supervisor and chair/dean approvals have been received and the protocol has been sent onwards to the Research Oversight & Compliance Office-Human Research Ethics Program (ROCO-HREP) MRHP Inbox. Researchers are responsible for determining timing of their submission to allow sufficient review time.

Research Ethics Boards

Human ethics protocols are reviewed by University of Toronto (U of T) REBs, based on the departmental or faculty affiliation of the principal investigator. For HIV-related research submitted for full board review, please follow the Health Sciences REB schedule.

Please review the information listed below for submission deadlines.

Social Sciences, Humanities and Education (SSHE) REB

Chair: Professor Samantha Hansen
Manager: Dr. Dean Sharpe
Departments covered: All disciplines in the social sciences, humanities, education (OISE/UT) and applied sciences

Upcoming SSHE REB Deadlines and Meeting Dates

Due Date for Full Board Submissions Meeting Date
July 6, 2020 July 15, 2020
No meeting in August 2020
Sept.14, 2020 Sept.23, 2020
Oct.13, 2020 Oct.21, 2020
Nov.9, 2020 Nov.18, 2020
Dec.7, 2020 Dec.16, 2020
Jan.11, 2021 Jan.20, 2021
Feb.8, 2021 Feb.17, 2021
Mar.15, 2021 Mar.24, 2021
Apr.12, 2021 Apr.21, 2021
May 10, 2021 May 19, 2021
June 7, 2021 June 16, 2021
July 12, 2021 July 21, 2021
No meeting in August 2021

Health Sciences REB

Chair: Professor Michael Atkinson
Manager: Daniel Gyewu
Departments covered:

  • Medicine (all departments)
  • Applied Science & Engineering
  • Nursing
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Social Work
  • Kinesiology & Physical Education
  • Dentistry
  • Public Health

Upcoming Health Sciences REB Meeting Dates

Due Date for Submission Meeting Date
No meeting in August 2020
September 4, 2020 September 15, 2020
September 25, 2020 October 7, 2020
October 23, 2020 November 3, 2020
November 27, 2020 December 9, 2020
December 22, 2020 January 12, 2021
January 29, 2021 February 10, 2021
February 26, 2021 March 9, 2021
March 26, 2021 April 7, 2021
April 23, 2021 May 4, 2021
May 21, 2021 June 2, 2021
July 2, 2021 July 13, 2021
No meeting in August 2021


  • Provide solutions to business issues regarding submissions
  • Advise on the submission process

VPRI Contact


Mariya Gancheva

Research Ethics Coordinator - Human Research Ethics
Research Oversight & Compliance Office (ROCO)
(416) 946-3273

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