Research Committees

Research Policy Committee:

The Research Policy Committee (RPC) is a senate committee that reports to both senate and the Vice-President of Research and Innovation. The mandate of the RPC is to develop and recommend policies and procedures to the Senate on all aspects of research, to receive reports from its subcommittees on the disbursement of research funds, matters concerning research with human subjects and recommendations for the distinguished research award, and to staff the standing Research Ethics Appeals Board, as necessary, to hear appeals from decisions of the Research Ethics Board in accordance with the Tri-Council Policy Statement on "Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Human Subjects". 

This committee is composed of ten members, who include:

Social Sciences and Humanities (SSHRC) Research Grants Subcommittee/Natural Sciences (NSERC) Research Grants Subcommittee/Health Studies and Sciences (CIHR) Research Grant Subcommittee:

The standing subcommittee's of the RPC who's mandate is to: disburse funds for research for the related Tri-council agencies on behalf of the research committee and to report on the disbursement of such funds to the RPC and the VP Research and Innovation.

These Committees are composed of:

  • Three Grant holders or recent holders of the associated agency (One to be Chair)
    • For the Health Studies and Sciences Research Grant Subcommittee, the three holders can be holders of other peer reviewed funding related toward health research
  • One graduate student named by the GSA
  • The Director of the Office of Research

The Chairs of these Committees are:

  • Chair of NSERC Research Grants Committee - Catherine Eimers - ext. 7225
  • Chair of SSHRC Research Grants Committee - Deborah White - ext. 7865 
  • Chair of the CIHR Research Grants Committee - Nadine Changfoot - ext. 6005

Distinguished Research Awards Subcommittee:

This standing subcommittee of the RPC reports a recommendation of an annual winner of the Distinguished Research Award, as outlined in their procedures for selection.

This committee is composed of:

  • VP Research and Innovation (Chair - non-voting)
  • Director of the Office of Research
  • A representative of from the Provost's Office
  • Chairpersons of the Internal Committees on Research
  • One Faculty representative selected by all five undergraduate Deans
  • One graduate student named by the GSA

The Chair of this committee is:

Research Ethics Board:

An independent Board of the Research Policy Committee of Senate, the Research Ethics Board (REB) contributes to the education of research ethics; conducts independent, multi-disciplinary review of research proposals; and oversees the ethics review conducted by the Faculty, Department, School and Graduate Program review bodies. The REB will advise Senate and the Vice-President Research and International on all matters of research involving human participants at Trent University.

The Research Ethics Board shall: 

  • Conduct ethics reviews of proposals from members of Trent University, and others who conduct research involving human participants at Trent, to determine conformance with the whole of the Tri-Council Policy Statement: “Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Human Subjects”, within the context of the University’s responsibility to ensure that research meets high scientific and scholarly standards;
  • Delegate course-related, non-funded, minimal risk research to the relevant Department, School or Graduate Program ethics review body for review and approval; and oversee that review process;
  • Terminate any research that it considers to be threatening or causing distress to the participants, deviates from the approved Protocol, or has not been approved by the appropriate body;
  • Ensure that Departments, Schools, and Graduate Programs are familiar with, and adhere to the Trent University Senate Policy for Research Involving Human Participants
  • Act as an advisory body for the University, educating the community on ethics in research and providing guidance on the ethics review process;
  • Report at least once a year to Senate on its activities, including a list of Protocols reviewed and approved;
  • Ensure that Departments advise students about the relevant aspects of ethics in research and the paramount need to treat participants ethically and respectfully

This committee is composed of:

  • Four faculty (appointed to ensure representation from humanities/social sciences, psychology, indigenous studies, and physical/biological sciences including Nursing) – one to Chair*
  • One (other) faculty member, knowledgeable in ethics, if this knowledge is not possessed by at least one of the other faculty members
  • One graduate student (named by GSA)
  • One undergraduate student (named by TCSA)
  • One community representative who has no affiliation with the University
  • Certifications and Regulatory Compliance Officer (secretary, non-voting) 

This Committee's meetings, and protocol due dates are: 

Protocol Due Dates REB Meeting Dates
August 26, 2019 September 18, 2019
September 30, 2019 October 16, 2019
October 28, 2019 November 20, 2019
November 25, 2019 December 18, 2019
December 20, 2019 January 22, 2020
January 27, 2020 February 26, 2020
Feburary 24, 2020 March 18, 2020
March 30, 2020 April 22, 2020
April 27, 2020 May 20, 2020
May 25, 2020 June 17, 2020

The Co-Chairs of this Committee are:

Peri Ballantyne - ext. 7813 ( and Michele McIntosh - ext. 7507 (

Research Ethics Appeal Board:

An independent Appeals Board of the Research Policy Committee to be convened in the case of an appeal. Applicants whose research proposal is not approved by the Research Ethics Board or by the relevant Faculty, Department, School or Graduate Program ethics review body, may appeal that decision to the Trent Research Ethics Board (EAB). The decision of the EAB is final and binding on the Principal Investigator, subject to further procedures as may be provided through collective agreements. The EAB Shall:

  • Hear appeals from Principal Investigators whose research protocol has not been approved by the ethics review body or who object to the terms and conditions imposed by the ethics review body;
  • Report annually to senate on appeals heard and the disposition of those appeals, including a summary of the reasons given for its decsion

This committee is composed of:

  • One faculty member with previous experiance on the REB (chair)
  • One other faculty member with previous experiance on the REB
  • Chair (or designate) from the appellant's department
  • Certifications and Regulatory Compliance Officer (Secretary, non-voting)

The Chair of this Committee is:

Geoff Navara - ext. 7539 (

Animal Care Committee:

The Animal Care Committee (ACC) derives its authority from Trent University as well as from federal and provincial legislation, notably The Animals for Research Act (Ontario).  As a result, in matters concerning animal regulations, the ACC is answerable to the University as well as to government officials.  As most of the Committee’s activities have some bearing on animal care, it is often not possible (nor desirable) to determine where statutory authority and responsibility ends and University jurisdiction begins. The ACC is responsible to the Vice-President Research Research and Innovation and to the President. The Manager of Animal Care reports to the Vice-President Research and Innovation on matters related to their employment, and will work with the Chair of the ACC and the VP on matters relating to Animal Care Facility (ACF) management and to implementation of animal care policy.

This committee is composed of:

  • One faulty member from Biology (preferably someone experienced in animal care and research)
  • One faculty member from Environmental Resources Studies/Sciences (preferably someone experienced in animal care and research)
  • One faculty member from Psychology (preferably someone experienced in animal care and research)
  • One faculty member who is a non-animal user
  • Two representatives of OPSEU local 365
  • One graduate student from the sciences
  • One undergraduate student from the sciences
  • Veterinarian
  • One staff member from Animal Care
  • The Manager of Animal Care (ex officio)
  • The Certifications and Regulatory Compliance Officer (ex officio)
  • The Science Facility Manager (ex officio)

This Committees meetings and protocol dates are:

Protocol Due Dates ACC Meeting Dates
August 15, 2019 September 10, 2019
September 16, 2019 October 1, 2019
October 15, 2019 November 5, 2019
November 15, 2019 December 10, 2019
December 16, 2019 January 7, 2020
January 15, 2020 February 4, 2020
February 17, 2020 March 10, 2020
March 16, 2020 April 7, 2020
April 15, 2020 May 5, 2020
May 15, 2020 June 9, 2020

The Chair of this committee is: TBD

The Chair will be selected following the first meeting of the Animal Care Committee