Responsible Conduct of Research
GPRC is committed to upholding the highest ethical standards in research. As the College's research support office, GPRC Research and Innovation helps ensure research undertaken by staff, students, and faculty is conducted in a responsible and ethical manner. Our policies are in alignment with the requirements of Tri-Council (NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR). Several resources are available to GPRC researchers to help them ensure their compliance with ethical guidelines and standards.
The Panel on Research Ethics provides an online tutorial, TCPS 2: CORE (Course on Research Ethics) which is an introduction to the 2nd edition of the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2). It consists of eight modules focusing on the guidance in TCPS 2 that is applicable to all research regardless of discipline or methodology.
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Research Planning Committee
Applied research development at GPRC is guided by the Research Planning Committee (RPC). It is chaired by the Vice-President Academics and Research.
Research Planning Committee establishes, reviews and maintains Institutional Research policies and procedures.
The Research Ethics Board (REB) is responsible for human subject "Research Ethics Reviews." GPRC Research and Innovation provides secretariat services to the Research Ethics Board and assists with the development and implementation of Human Subject Research Ethics Reviews and Processes.
For additional information about conducting research involving human subjects at GPRC, contact the Research Ethics Board Chair:
The Animal Care Committee (ACC) is responsible for overseeing how animals are used at GPRC including animal subject ethics review. Animal Use Protocols - Research forms are located on the Animal Care Committee webpage.
For additional information about conducting animal subject applied research at GPRC, contact Animal Care Committee Animal Research Lead:
Tri-Council Financial Compliance
GPRC has a dedicated Tri-Council Financial compliance team consisting of the Director of Finance, Manager of Financial Reporting, Research and Innovation Business Advisor, Research and Innovation Department Assistant, NBDC Administrative Assistant, and the Director of Research and Innovation. The committee meets regularly to ensure compliance with the Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide. The committee also reviews GPRC financial policies related to research grants and contracts to ensure our policies align with Tri-council requirements. Committee meetings are held three times per year in January, April and October.
Persons conducting research at or in partnership with GPRC are required to meet College policy and responsible conduct of research requirements. Researchers should familiarize themselves with the following policies:
If you have questions about GPRC research policies, please contact:
Report a Breach
According to the Tri-Agency Framework for Responsible Conduct of Research, a breach of research ethics policy can be defined as “the failure to comply with any Agency [or institutional] policy throughout the life cycle of a research project — from application for funding to the conduct of the research and the dissemination of research results.”
Examples of an ethics breach could include fabrication or falsification of data or findings; plagiarism, self-plagiarism, or redundant publication; destruction of records; invalid authorship or inadequate acknowledgement; mismanagement of funds in contravention of GPRC or funding agency policy; or failure to report a conflict of interest. Breaches can be intentional or unintentional; even if researchers find themselves in breach of an ethics policy in error, they are still responsible and must take the appropriate rectifying actions.
All inquiries and reports will be treated confidentially. If you have any concerns regarding a breach of conduct regarding animals, human subjects, research ethics or financial matters, please contact
For additional information, please refer to the Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research
For information on Responsible Conduct of Research, please contact: