Human Research Participation and Ethics


For Departmental Researchers

Researchers who wish to access SONA must read the Guidelines [PDF-37kB] describing the procedures required for research review and subject pool access, before any request is made to the Ethics Committee.  

Requirements stipulate that any faculty and graduate dissertation research involving human participants be reviewed by the university Research Ethics Board (REB). If a project involves more than minimal risk, please review Section 1.C1 of the TCPS 2--2nd edition of Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans.

Information and forms for University Research Review, required for all faculty, graduate, and undergraduate thesis related research, are available through Dalhousie University Research Ethics Services

Initial SONA Application

Including an electronic copy of your REB approval, please submit the following forms as one PDF document. 

Participant Contact Application [PDF-76KB]
SONA Study Add or Amendment Form [PDF-44KB]
Consent Form/Departmental Signature Page [PDF-34KB]
Research Subject Debriefing [PDF-16KB]


Continuing SONA Projects 

Continuing projects must be renewed by the anniversary date. Only approved project codes are eligible to access the subject pool and will be listed on the web for participant sign up. Please provide a PDF of the relevant REB renewal letter to  

All correspondence on an approved study MUST have the SONA/departmental reference code in the subject line and on all forms.

Changes and Renewals

For ANY changes to a study, please fill in the Sona Add/Amendment form and submit via email to Remember, making any changes to your study on Sona automatically disables it until reapproved. Always provide the departmental reference code.

Submissions must be sent to In lieu of a signature, the submission MUST be emailed from the supervisor’s email.