Submission Dates and Response Times

There is no set closing date for:

  • initial applications for Negligible or Low Risk Research
  • registrations of external HREC approvals
  • applications for Variations to approved research.

These applications are eligible for expedited review and will be reviewed as and when they are received.

The time taken to review and respond to applications will depend on the number of applications received. However, the aim is to provide a response in the following time frames:

  • Negligible Risk Research: 7 to 14 days
  • Low Risk Research: 4 to 6 weeks

Full review applications - More than Low Risk Research

More than Low Risk Research applications require review by the full Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC).

Applications can be submitted at any time or by the deadlines below if consideration at a specific HREC meeting is preferable.

Applications will be pre-reviewed by a HREC panel and feedback will be provided.  A response to the pre-review feedback will need to be provided to finalise an application and for the application to be considered by the full committee.  Only finalised applications will be reviewed by the full HREC.

The projected time for the HREC's formal decision to be communicated to the applicant is within 10 working days after the day of the meeting.

Last submission day for the corresponding meetingLast  submission day for a response to pre-review feedback and a finalised application Meeting Date
12 February  20218 March 202117 March 2021
12 March 202112 April 202121 April 2021
16 April 2021 10 May 202119 May 2021
14 May 20217 June 202116 June 2021
11 June 202112 July 202121 July 2021
16 July 20219 August 202118 August 2021
13 August 20216 September 202115 September 2021
10 September 202111 October 202120 October 2021
15 October 20218 November 202117 November 2021
5 November 202129 November 20218 December 2021

If you have any questions, please contact the Human Research Ethics Office.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.