About the Research Ethics Advisor Platform
We are delighted to announce that the beta test version of the Research Ethics Adviser Platform (REAP) is now live. REAP is a peer-to-peer service that puts researchers in touch with experienced Advisers who can offer independent ethics advice on a project’s research design/plan/protocol, research proposal or your application for research ethics review.
This service is not meant to replace research ethics review. Instead, we hope the service can complement the review process by enabling researchers to be better prepared for review. This could mean less frustration for both reviewers and researchers.
For AUD50, researchers will be provided with a quick and basic report on what ethical shape their design is in. After that, they can decide if they want a full report (AUD500) which will provide a fuller discussion of any ethical vulnerabilities, potential implications for research ethics review/participant experience during the project, and recommendations for changes.
While REAP is being beta tested these two kinds of reports are the only service provided by REAP but we anticipate creating facilities for help with responding to research ethics review feedback, writing variation requests, responding to peer reviewers, and offering advice on research integrity matters.
This is the first such service that we are aware of and we’re excited to launch it today