Research Ethics

Nazarbayev University is proud to be committed to the ethical use of humans and animals in both basic and applied research.

There are two Committees that are responsible for oversight of research projects with animals and humans:
Institutional Research Ethics Committee (IREC) is a constant body overseen by Research Council and has the status of “subcommittee” that is responsible for oversight of ethical standards while conducting human subject research at the University
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

Institutional Research Ethics Committee guidelines and requirements:
The mission of the Committee is to monitor the research projects of the faculty members, employees and students of the University involved in conducting human subject research, in order to verify compliance with ethical standards and their compliance with:
1) International standards of research ethics while conducting human subject research;
2) University rules and procedures for conducting human subject research.

The list of requirements for submission of application to IREC:
1) IREC Protocol Form
2) Consent Form in English and in the official language(s) of the country, where the project will be held
3) Any relevant documents to the project: draft interview questions, questionnaires, survey materials in English and in the official language(s) of the country, where the project will be held
4) CITI training certificate or any other relevant certificate, which shows that you passed a course on human ethics subjects.

CITI Training

NU requires its ethics committee members, principle investigators, and all participating staff to complete the relevant Collaborative Institutional Training Institute (CITI) web-based training program.
Access the CITI training and click on “New Users Register Here”; this will take you to the Course Registration page.
Select “Nazarbayev University” from the dropdown list of Participating Institutions.
Enter your name and NU issued email address for CITI training.
For best results, use your NU email address as the “Preferred Email”.

Once you have provided the registration information, you’ll be led through a series of screening questions to determine which training modules are appropriate for your specific research program.

NOTE: If you have recently completed CITI training at a different institution, you can add NU as a participating institution to transfer your training credit. Follow the instructions on the CITI site for adding an additional institution and changing your Username and Preferred Email. If you have completed ethics training that you think may substitute for completing the CITI program please provide a record of your training to the Central Research Office for consideration.