Research Ethics Check Lists
Use the following checklists to see if you should contact the Service Unit of Responsible Research Practices before submitting your proposal:
Does your research involve …
- human participants (in interviews, or, observations that are audio or video recorded)?
- human participants in technology/prototype trials?
- potentially vulnerable persons (e.g. children, persons unable to consent, minorities, marginalised people, migrants, refugees, victims of abuse and violence)?
- methods and/or settings that affect human participants’ well-being physically or mentally (e.g. deception research)?
- a risk of injury (e.g. tasks involving physical activity)?
- physical interventions on humans (fMRI, obtaining tissue samples)?
- biological material (cells/tissues) from living persons or biobanks?
- processing of information about human subjects (processing includes e.g. collecting, storing, analyzing, disseminating and compiling. The information may take various forms, e.g. text, sound, or pictures.)?
- elements that reveal participants’ ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership, gender identity, sex life or sexual orientation?
- processing genetic data, biometric data for the purpose of uniquely identifying a natural person, data concerning health, or data concerning a natural person’s gender identity, sex life or sexual orientation?
- possibility of results/aspects/implications that can be misused by others?
If you answered one or more of the questions with “yes”, contact the Research Ethics Coordination before you submit your research proposal.
- Does your research involve physical interventions on animals?
- Does your research involve secondary use of personal data from other research projects?
- Does your research involve experiments or substances that may be harmful for the environment or research staff?
- Will your research be performed in a country that is not an EU Member State?
If you answered any of the questions above with “yes”, contact the Research Ethics Coordination before submitting your research proposal.