Some of the Institutions for which HiREB provides ethics review require a letter from the REB in order to open a research funding account prior to obtaining REB approval.

To request this approval, please provide the following information in an email sent to

• Recipient name, role/title and affiliation(s)
• Project title (as it appears on the grant/funding letter)
• Name of the funder(s)
• When the project will be submitted to HiREB for review

This letter does not convey ethical approval for the research, or permission to begin research activities that require REB review. Instead, it acknowledges that you have received funding and will submit to HiREB for ethical review in future. Researchers cannot conduct any research activities that require HiREB approval until such approval has been obtained.

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Disclaimer: The Hamilton Integrated Research Ethics Board (HiREB) represents the institutions of Hamilton Health Sciences, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, Research St. Joseph's-Hamilton, and the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University and operates in compliance with and is constituted in accordance with the requirements of: The Tri-Council Policy Statement on Ethical Conduct of Research Involving Humans; The International Conference on Harmonization of Good Clinical Practices; Part C Division 5 of the Food and Drug Regulations of Health Canada,  and the provisions of the Ontario Personal Health Information Protection Act 2004 and its applicable Regulations; For studies conducted at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, HiREB complies with the Health Ethics Guide of the Catholic Alliance of Canada