University of Malta staff, students, or anyone else planning to carry out research under the auspices of the University, must complete the application on URECA.
Ahead of completing the form on URECA, please refer to the relevant Frequently Asked Questions.
**Note** There is a full replica [Word] of the form which can be downloaded. Use this to become familiar with the format and requirements before beginning your application.
The form on URECA guides applicants through 3 parts:
In part 2, the detailed evaluation questions will be shown only to applicants who flag an issue in the self-assessment checklist. In such cases, applicants must elaborate on the issue flagged and seek FREC permission prior to data collection. In all other cases, applicants must submit the form to FREC for filing and audit purposes, and may commence research directly.
Send any feedback on this form to UREC.
UM's Research Ethics Review Procedures [PDF] , apply to all those undertaking research on the University’s premises using its facilities, or on behalf of the University, including staff, students, visiting or affiliate staff, associates, contractors and consultants. However, the University Research Ethics Committee (UREC) also provides ethics and data protection reviews to non-University of Malta applicants, including commercial entities.
Such external applicants need to contact UREC via email. They will be assigned credentials which they can use to fill in the form on URECA and submit this, together any ancillary documentation, to the appropriate Faculty Research Ethics Committee (FREC/REC) depending on the area of research, clearly indicating that this is an external application. Refer to the list of FRECs.
A non-refundable fee is charged for this service as follows:
Non-commercial applicants may pay using the online form. A copy of the receipt is to be appended with the application when this is submitted to the FREC.