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

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The Research Ethics Boards (REBs) will be using the following principles concerning research with humans at this time:

  1. Only critical COVID-19 research and critical research approved by the Incident Management Team for exemption may be conducted on campus. All other research that can only be conducted on campus must be shut down on Friday, March 20, 2020 at 5pm.
  2. Only new submissions for on-campus research that are approved by the Incident Management Team (for research on-campus) will be reviewed by the REB.
  3. Off-campus research can continue if there is no direct contact with participants (e.g. online survey, Skype or phone). If changes will be made to the protocol or consent process to conduct the research through non-contact methods, you should submit an amendment for REB review. Please contact for guidance.
  4. If a currently-approved off-campus study will involve an amendment that is COVID-19 related, please contact at the time of submission.

Please note TAHSN hospitals are focusing on clinical care. Please follow the direction of the TAHSN hospital concerning research.

For more information on REB review, please see TCPS 2: Research Ethics Review during Publicly Declared Emergencies

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

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
September 9, 2019 September 18, 2019
October 7, 2019 October 16, 2019
November 4, 2019 November 13, 2019
December 2, 2019 December 11, 2019
January 13, 2020 January 22, 2020
February 10, 2020 February 19, 2020
March 16, 2020 March 25, 2020
April 13, 2020 April 22, 2020
May 11, 2020 May 20, 2020
June 8, 2020 June 17, 2020
July 6, 2020 July 15, 2020

Health Sciences REB

Chair: Professor Dionne Gesink
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 Full Board Submissions Meeting Date
June 27, 2019 July 9, 2019
No meeting in August 2019
August 30, 2019 September 11, 2019
September 27, 2019 October 8, 2019
October 25, 2019 November 6, 2019
November 29, 2019 December 10, 2019
December 20, 2019 January 15, 2020
January 31, 2020 February 11, 2020
February 28, 2020 March 11, 2020
March 27, 2020 April 7, 2020
April 24, 2020 May 6, 2020
May 29, 2020 June 9, 2020
July 3, 2020 July 15, 2020
No meeting in August 2020


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

VPRI Contact


Mariya Gancheva

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

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