Research Western

Release of Funds Prior to the Approval of Western's Research Ethics Board/Animal Care Committee

If my project is not yet ready to be reviewed by the board or committee – how can I get my funding released?

The Release of Funds Agreement enables Principal Investigators (PI) to access their research funding prior to obtaining approval for research involving humans or animals. In cases where:

To maintain compliance on certifications for research, PIs must complete a Release of Funds Agreement (see below) and submit it to Research Development & Services (RDS) at

Upon review, the form will be signed and returned to the PI via email, and a copy will be held at RDS. If there are questions, RDS will contact the investigator to discuss any concerns.

The expiry date in this form refers to the date you anticipate having full approval from the relevant office.  The protocol number must be sent to RDS before the expiry date of the Release of Funds Agreement.

Please note that one Release of Funds Agreement can only be matched with one award; it is not possible to use one Release of Funds Agreement for multiple awards.

How to fill out the form: