University of Calgary

Streamlining research certification

UToday HomeFebruary 4, 2013

By Jennifer Caswell

The Institutional Research Information Services Solution (IRISS) is a new, convenient, secure, online process to streamline and modernize research certification at the University of Calgary. This March, the launch of the IRISS Research Ethics Board (REB) application will help to make the many ethics documents needed for certification flow effectively and alert researchers to potential compliance issues.

With its roots in a feasibility study conducted in 2009, next month IRISS will deploy the second module of the program’s initial phase — the REB application. Much like the first module, Animal Care Certification, the process gives researchers and their teams an automated workflow when applying for ethics certification through either the Conjoint Faculties Research Ethics Board (CFREB) or the Conjoint Health Faculties Research Board (CHREB).

“IRISS will eliminate gaps, decrease turn-around time, and provide effective data management and reporting capabilities,” said Dr. Ed McCauley, vice-president (research). “It will give researchers a reliable and effective way to store and draw on research information collected through the application process.”

The IRISS REB module is one of the many efforts underway to help move our research community toward achieving our strategic goals. Watch for more information on how IRISS will improve the application and administrative processes for the research community.

For more ethics information, contact the IRISS Help Desk at (403) 220-8578 or email