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Does your research project include human participants?

Posted on: Feb 2, 2021

The Office of Research Services has released the document “Conducting Human Research at CUE – Guidelines for Participant Fees”. These guidelines have been prepared with the assistance of the CUE Research Ethics Board and Finance.


The guidelines have been designed based on the “Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans – TCPS 2 (2018)”, the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) and our internal policies and procedures. They are intended to provide a framework for the disbursement of fees to individuals who engage with CUE researchers as participants. As usual, these activities may not be carried out at CUE unless an appropriate research protocol has been approved by the Research Ethics Board (REB). Should you have questions about such approvals, please contact the REB via email. The REB is not part of the Office of Research Services.

Use of the Guidelines

CUE does not encourage nor discourage the use of participant fees for research activities that involve human subjects. However, disbursement of research funds for this research purpose is now regulated under these Guidelines. These Guidelines apply to all members of CUE who engage in research with human participants.

ORS Approval is required to provide Participant Fees

Effective immediately, to be able to provide participant fees, you first will need to receive approval by the Office of Research Services.

How to obtain a copy of the Guidelines

Please contact the Office of Research Services (research@concordia.ab.ca) for specific inquiries. You can also download a sample of a “Participant fee recipient list for expense claims” that is required when claiming participant fee expenses.