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Call for Nominations for Members:
The Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics (PRE)

Deadline: 18 September 2009

Ottawa (June 9, 2009) - The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) are pleased to invite nominations of potential members to serve on the Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics (PRE).

The Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics

In November 2001, CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC (the Agencies) jointly created the Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics (PRE), supported by an Interagency Secretariat on Research Ethics (SRE). The Agencies have mandated PRE to provide interdisciplinary and independent advice to them on the interpretation, evolution and use of the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS). The TCPS sets out basic principles and processes for research ethics policies and practices of institutions administering Agency funding. PRE's deliberations, advice and recommendations thus help to address modern research ethics needs, and help the Agencies fulfill their stewardship responsibilities with respect to the TCPS. PRE's terms of reference further outline its mandate, roles, responsibilities and structure.

The Agencies seek to include research disciplines and methods of the natural sciences and engineering, social sciences and humanities, and the health sciences as well as the perspective of research participants. Currently, PRE members represent the various regions of Canada, both official languages, and a spectrum of ethics and research expertise and experience.

PRE meets at least twice a year in Ottawa. Members are regularly involved in initiatives of the entire Panel. Between the regularly scheduled PRE meetings, work is conducted through other occasional meetings, teleconferences and e-mail, in conjunction with and coordinated by SRE. The nature of PRE initiatives and activities obliges members to devote substantial time and effort to the PRE mandate.


Through the nomination process, the Agencies seek to complement and enrich PRE’s existing experience, expertise, diversity and perspectives. PRE's multidisciplinary membership is intended to address modern research ethics challenges through knowledge, experience and views from a variety of relevant fields.  These fields include research ethics, ethics review, research in the health sciences, social sciences and humanities, engineering and natural sciences, law and research administration, in addition to participant or community perspectives on research involving humans.

Type of expected nominations

For this round of nominations, the Agencies particularly encourage nominations from individuals with ethics experience, expertise and knowledge of research involving human participants in the following areas:

  • Biomedical, clinical research and /or other areas of health research;
  • Humanities and/or social sciences research;
  • Natural sciences and/or engineering research;
  • Research ethics administration, i.e. coordination of research ethics boards (REBs);
  • Law and/or ethics;
  • Research participant and/or community perspectives;
  • Research involving Aboriginal peoples.


PRE members are appointed by the Presidents of CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC.

Duration of Term

Members will be appointed for two years to coincide with the Panel's current term of mandate. These terms may be renewed for a period of one to four years if the Panel's term is extended. A rotation system is established to maintain continuity and ensure a dynamic membership.

Nomination Process

If you are interested in becoming a member of PRE, the Agencies invite you to complete a nomination form, and to submit a statement of your interest and a curriculum vitae no later than 18 September 2009.

  1. Nomination form
  2. Statement of interest
    In your statement of interest, summarize your expertise and experience by answering the following questions with a maximum of 700 words:
    • What would you select as current and future priority issues in research ethics, and more specifically in the TCPS? What is your perspective on these issues?
    • How would you contribute to PRE?
  3. Curriculum vitae

Please send your nomination form, curriculum vitae and statement of interest by e-mail, fax or letter to:

Call for Nominations, Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics
Secretariat on Research Ethics
350 Albert Street
Ottawa ON K1A 1H5
Fax: (613) 996-7117
Information: Secretariat at (613) 996-0072

All personal information received by CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC will be kept confidential and is protected under the federal Privacy Act and the Access to Information Act. Unless applicants request otherwise, SRE will retain the submitted information and documents for three years, for consideration for future PRE initiatives.

We ask all who receive this call for nominations to help us to distribute it as widely as possible. Please share the call for nominations with institutions and individuals who might be interested in posting and/or responding to it.

The Agencies thank you in advance for your interest in the Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics.