Research Ethics and Compliance
All researchers who lead a research project or undertake PhD research at ATREE are required to follow ethical guidelines as they pertain to research on human subjects, animals or plants and the use of technology towards this research. The IRB will be the authority to ensure that research projects and PhD studies adhere to ethical guidelines and issue clearance.
The IRB will comprise of experts who can assess and evaluate project proposals and PhD research proposals so that they meet ethical standards as regards research on human subjects and technologies. The ATREE Animal Ethics Committee (AAEC), constituted as per government mandate, is a specialized body of the IRB dealing exclusively with research involving animals and plants. The following are the IRB members- Siddhartha Krishnan - Chair and Environmental Sociologist, Soubadra Devy - Plant Ecologist, G Ravikanth - Chair, AAEC and Geneticist, Nitin D Rai - Political Ecologist, Durba - Gender and Development Economist
- The IRB approval is mandatory for all PhD student research at ATREE and has to be secured prior to registration at the Manipal Academy for Higher Education. IRB approval is encouraged for all research projects at ATREE but will be mandated only for approved grants where the granting agency stipulates IRB approval as a condition to administer the grant.
- The concerned researcher will submit IRB approval request application to the Chair of the committee on email; PhD students must copy the Academy Office. The approval request application form will cover the core principles of human research ethics viz., informed consent, accountability and recourse, risk mitigation, data sharing, conflict of interest and data privacy.
- Applicants proposing research on animals or plants will be required to fill out the AAEC application form, which will be forwarded to the AAEC for clearance. The AAEC will monitor research and teaching activities involving animals according to the provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (1960) and guidelines issued by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of India. The Chair of the AAEC will report back with a decision, which will be incorporated within the applicant’s IRB form, and an IRB number will be assigned.
- The IRB will convey its decision in the same form to the applicant indicating the same as 'Approved’, 'Modifications Required’ or 'Declined.’ Approved applicants will be provided with an IRB number, which can submitted with copies of the approved IRB form to agencies and authorities as required.
- If the applicant is required to modify the proposed methods, the applicant can immediately resubmit the application with the required changes and the Chair can grant the Approval, if the modifications have been satisfactory. If the IRB application is declined, the applicant will have to submit a fresh application and will have to obtain IRB approval as described above.