School of Sciences and Humanities Institutional Research Ethics Committee

**This concerns undergraduate and graduate students only. Professors should consult this webpage.**

The School of Sciences and Humanities Institutional Research Ethics Committee (SSH IREC) is responsible for education and oversight of ethical standards for students in the School of Sciences and Humanities who are conducting human subject research at Nazarbayev University. The primary role of SSH IREC is to safeguard the rights and welfare of all human subjects who participate in research studies conducted by Nazarbayev University students in the School of Sciences and Humanities and to ensure that student research meets the highest international standards of research ethics. In compliance with these standards as well as Nazarbayev University institutional policies regarding research ethics, all SSH student research projects involving human subjects have to be reviewed and approved by SSH IREC.

SSH IREC is now accepting all applications through this webpage. SSH IREC is no longer accepting the "IREC Application Form" Word or PDF documents. SSH students should NOT send any application materials to either or Links to the SSH IREC Application forms can be found in the Instructions for Submitting an SSH IREC Application section below.

SSH IREC has the authority to disapprove, modify, or approve protocols based upon consideration of human subject protection. If SSH IREC cannot determine the status based on the information provided, the application will be returned to the investigator with a request for additional information. It is in the investigator's interest to provide thorough information. Delays are most likely to occur if the investigator does not provide the information needed for SSH IREC to conduct its review or if spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors prevent the clear communication of project and participant information.

For more detailed information about IREC terminology, expectations, review procedures, and other helpful topics, please refer to Section 5 on the Nazarbayev University Institutional Research Ethics Committee website located at this link.

Do you think that you might need SSH IREC approval for your research project? Fill out this simple form to find out.