Research Ethics Committee Approval

Getting approval for your research ethics application can be nerve-wracking! Many universities require students to obtain approval from the university’s research ethics committee for any research involving human participants and personal data – before data collections can occur. Even students who wish to utilize only secondary data are usually required to obtain IRB approval. ARC’s IRB preparation and coaching services are designed to help you through the IRB process efficiently and stress-free. Our assistance includes comprehensive support for all written deliverables, including the Research Ethics application and its supplements, and personalized coaching to meet your individual project’s needs. We can help you to get your study quickly approved so that you can finally start collecting data!

For your Research Ethics application to be successful, it is important to clearly describe the connection between your Research Methodology and proposed data collections process. In addition, your Data Analysis plan must be presented in great detail. Importantly, your ethics application needs to include a discussion of the ethical considerations of your study, with an explanation of how you will ensure that your research is conducted properly. 

Especially if your study focuses on a vulnerable population such as PTSD veterans or children, your ethics application must discuss how the benefits of your study – to its participants, relevant institutions, and general stakeholders – outweigh the potential for harm.

Depending on the nature of your study, supplements to your ethics application may include descriptions of interview or focus group protocols, completed informed consent forms or site permission letters, and proposed questionnaires for online or in-person surveys. Studies that utilise only secondary data are simpler in this regard and typically require as a supplement only a completed exemption form.

ARC provides personalised support and coaching for all aspects of your research ethics approval process. Our research ethics application assistance includes completion of the application itself along with all required supplements. Even if you are struggling to finalise the details of your data collections process or require additional permissions, ARC can help. When it comes to Research Ethics Application approval, we’ve got you covered!



Individual assistance with ethics applications, portfolios, and supplemental materials, delivered in accordance with your specific requirements.


Full support to develop site permission letters, informed consent forms, and data collections protocols for ethics applications & PhD dissertation appendices.


Feeling anxious about obtaining ethics approval? ARC provides personalised coaching to get you to where you need to be – confident and ready!


Got a deadline? No problem! We can meet your ethics committee needs in as little as 24 hours, and provide total support until you receive 100% approval.

Ready to face the Institutional Review Board? We can guide you.