Research Governance

IRAS Applications:

Where NHS ethics approval IS required there is no longer a requirement for the application to be reviewed by a University (College/School) Research Ethics Committee (revised University Research Ethics Policy May 2018).

Where an NHS ethics approval is NOT required (e.g. NHS staff research) then University (College/School/Central) Research Ethics review is required (as NHS ethics do not review staff projects).

In either case, complete applications (see below) should be sent to (following academic supervisor review for student projects) for a sponsor governance review. Once this review process is complete and sponsor authorisation is obtained then the application may be submitted to HRA/NHS/University ethics as required.

Complete applications should include the following documents:

  • protocol,
  • completed IRAS dataset
  • participant information sheet (if required)
  • consent form (if required)
  • any other applicable study documents – see IRAS checklist.

Templates are available for the following documents – please request from alternatively they are available to download from the templates section of Lincoln Ethics Application System (you will need your university log in to access this)

  • Protocol
  • Participant Information Sheet
  • Consent Form


For advice, guidance and sponsor review please email