Research Ethics

Dr. Miriam Muga
Coordinator-Research Grants & Ethics

Welcome to the Kabarak University Research Ethics Committee (KUREC)

The committee is fully accredited by the National Commission for Science, Technology & Innovation (NACOSTI) on the recommendation of the National Bioethics Committee (NBC) to review research proposals for ethical clearance before issuance of research permits.

Our registration number is NACOSTI/NBC/AC/03221.

Proposal submission procedure

Before submitting your proposal for ethics review, please take note of the following important information:

  • Ensure that your proposal is up to standard. It should be free of obvious typographical, technical and ethical flaws;
  • Ensure that you have all other requisite approvals (institutional registration of your proposal e.g. Institute of Post Graduate Studies for all post graduate research, introduction letter from the HoD for all undergraduate research);
  • Fill in and submit a comprehensive application form. Provide concise and accurate responses to questions on the form;
  • Submit a well identified (full name) and dated full proposal document. Be sure to attach all supporting documents including and where applicable: questionnaire, consent form, diary cards, work plans, case report forms, interview guides, investigators’ CVs etc;
  • Proposals shall be submitted at most 2 weeks prior to the scheduled KUREC meeting. Any proposal submitted after the set time shall be automatically put on the waiting list for consideration during the subsequent meeting.
  • All applications shall be made in simple and easy to understand English language;
  • You may apply for ethical review under the following categories

a) Low risk review

This is a review process done to confirm that a proposed study should be exempt or is a low risk study. Low risk studies shall entail the following activities:

  • Data collected from internet sites
  • Questionnaires and surveys on non-controversial, non-personal issues on basic and de-identified demographic data.
  • Unobtrusive observational studies of people undertaking non-sensitive or benign activities in a public space.
  • Personal interviews or focus groups with participants containing non-controversial, impersonal and non-sensitive questions
  • Questionnaires or surveys containing questions about participants experiences, thoughts, opinions and beliefs

The application process for the low risk review is as follows:

  • Read the requirements for low risk studies as provided in vii (a) above;
  • Fill in the Low risk ethical review form (click here to download the form);
  • Submit a well identified and dated research proposal together with other supporting documents as specified in IV above;
  • Attach evidence of payment of the required fee

b) Full ethical review

The process of application is as follows:

  • Fill in the Full ethical review application form (click here to download the form)
  • Where applicable, fill in the “Inclusion of vulnerable populations form”. Vulnerable populations include: children, persons with disability, economically disadvantaged, elderly, homeless, mentally ill, persons with chronic diseases etc). (click here to download the form)
  • Submit a well identified and dated proposal together with all supporting documents as specified in iv above
  • If your study entails a study product (pharmaceutical or other device), proper: safety, pharmacological, toxicological as well as evidence of clinical experience with the study product must be submitted;
  • Provide clear evidence of payment of the required fees according to your research category. The charges are as follows:



Kabarak University Staff  & Students







Undergraduate Research





Masters Research





PhD Research





Postdoc or Fellowship





Research not for the award of a degree





Research Consultancy





Renewal of ethical clearance

30% of Review Cost

Study Modification

50% of review fee

Expedited Review Fee

50% above normal fee



USD Payments

Full Name of the Bank: Standard Chartered Bank Kenya Limited

Address: P.O.Box 10-20100, Nakuru

Name of Account Holder: Kabarak University

Account Number: 0104094363701

Bank Branch: Nakuru

Branch/ Sort Code: 02009


Kenya Shilling Payments

Access Bank – 0040100000483 Nakuru

Kenya Commercial Bank – 1109663161 Nakuru

Equity Bank – 0310294445167

Mpesa Pay Bill No. – 511480; Use the company name for account number information.

  • Communication on the review decision shall be made not later than 5 working days after the committee meeting;
  • Any researcher not satisfied with the decision of the committee shall have up to 10 working days following the date of communication of the decision to submit an appeal.
  • The committee (KUREC) shall from time to time monitor all approved studies to ensure that researchers are complying with all conditions as set out in the ethical review clearance certificates;
  • The committee reserves the right to nullify any ethics review certificate where there will be clear evidence of infringement of set out conditions. The researcher shall reserve the right to appeal such decisions;
  • Now that you have keenly read through the above information, we believe you are now ready to submit your application for consideration. Please click on the link below to access the submission platform:

Link to the application page – Click here


Other documents :

Institutional Research Ethics

Kabarak University Research Ethics Committee (KUREC)

Committee Mandate

The Institutional Research Ethics Review committee performs the following functions

  1. To developing policies, processes and guidelines on ethical review at the University.
  2. Reviewing, evaluating and deciding on the ethical merits of research proposals in order to ensure and guarantee the rights, dignity, safety and protection of actual or potential individuals, animals and communities who participate in research.
  3. Ensuring compliance with ethical standards.
  4. Providing advice and assistance with regard to ethical standards to anyone undertaking such research or teaching.
  5. Handling complaints or queries made by any interested person with regards to ethics in a research activity.
  6. Granting ethical approval for research activities by University staff, students and other parties seeking review and approval from KUREC.


The committee comprises of the following members;

  1. Coordinator, Ethics
  2. School Representatives
  3. Director, Quality Assurance
  4. An External Member
  5. Two lay persons

Our Moral Code

As members of Kabarak University family, we purpose at all times and in all places, to set apart in one’s heart, Jesus as Lord. (1 Peter 3:15)

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