The Ethics Office

The Ethics Office is the focal point for realizing our ethics mandate at CIHR. The Ethics Office plays an especially important role in the following areas:

Ethics in Research: The Ethics Office is responsible for developing and implementing policies and guidelines to fulfill the ethical and legal responsibilities that CIHR holds as a research sponsor. The Ethics office works with Institute Scientific Directors, the Standing Committee on Ethics, and key partners, in order to ensure the highest ethical standards are met across the organization. The Ethics office also coordinates working groups and task forces, holds public consultations, and leads new policy initiatives into priority areas.

Funding Opportunities in Ethics: The Ethics Office works with the Research and Knowledge Translation and Major Initiatives Portfolio portfolios to build capacity in ethics; support the development and coordination of strategic initiatives; and fund research on ethics. For more information on current funding opportunities, see Ethics Funding.

Ethics Advice on Public Policy and Legislation Development: The Ethics office coordinates CIHR's involvement in developing or influencing public policy and legislation in priority areas.

The Ethics Office is the secretariat for CIHR's Research Integrity Committee (RIC), which is responsible for addressing allegations of non-compliance with CIHR research policies.

The Ethics Office is also responsible for advising on and supporting development of the CIHR Stem Cell policy, including policy employed by the Stem Cell Oversight Committee (SCOC). SCOC is a committee of Governing Council of CIHR and reports to the Governing Council.