For Vantage Researchers

Faculty with ongoing faculty appointments — including Instructor, Senior Instructor, Professor of Teaching, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor, Clinical Assistant Professor, Clinical Associate Professor, Clinical Professor, or BCCA Investigator — are automatically eligible to serve as Principal Investigator (PI) for research requiring approval from the UBC Behavioural Research Ethics Board (BREB). Lecturers, Postdoctoral Fellows, or other faculty require approval of the Head of the unit in which they hold an appointment. Once you have received this approval, please forward it to Anita Lillquist <> to request the PI role in the system. The Office of Research Services considers these requests on a case-by-case basis and can grant PI status for a particular project.

The PI bears the overall responsibility for the conduct of the study and is required to act within the guidelines of the “Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans” (TCPS2 2014, All study team members, including PIs, must complete the TCPS2 tutorial and record the date of completion in your RISe profile before ethics approval will be granted. If you are considering a BREB application, we strongly encourage you to complete this tutorial sooner rather than later, as it can shape your research design. For more information about Research Ethics requirements, see   

Instructors who are applying for research ethics approval for class research projects in courses they are teaching can be listed as a PI on their application. Please see the guidelines for submitting course based research applications and requesting PI status:  Course-Based Research Project Guidelines (Feb 2019).

If you cannot find the PI's name in the list, have it added into the RISe system by emailing the following information to RISe Support Full Name (Including middle initial), Department (or affiliation with the University), UBC Rank, Email Address, Phone Number and UBC employee number (if applicable). Once an account is created, new users will receive their researcher number via email.