- they collect new (primary) data from human participants (e.g., via field or laboratory experiments, surveys, interviews), and / or
- they collect secondary data that contains private, confidential, or potentially sensitive information about research participants (e.g., data related income, health, relationships, ethnic background), and / or
- their research concerns topics that may have legal or ethical implications (e.g., studies on discrimination, minorities, crime, tax evasion).
The EBEC evaluates proposals following the guidelines of the Professional and Ethical Codes for Socio-Economic Research in the Information Society and the Academy of Management’s Code of Ethics.
The committee will inform researchers who were seeking approval of their research within two weeks (proposals that meet certain criteria will receive immediate approval).
Successful applicants receive a letter with a confirmation of the EBEC’s approval, signed by the chair of the committee.
In some cases, the committee will need additional information before it can decide. Applicants will then be contacted by email to provide this additional information. Applicants whose proposals are not approved by the EBEC will also be contacted by email.
The ruling of the EBEC is binding. In case researchers disagree with the evaluation of their proposal, they can appeal to the decision by notifying the chair of EBEC within two weeks after receiving the decision of the committee.
Apply for EBEC approval
Please note that a new Research Management Services tool will be implemented in the summer of 2022. You will be informed accordingly.
Until that time, you can use this form to apply for EBEC approval of your research project.
To contact the EBEC, please use the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.