Research studies that involve the use of animals require evidence of scientific merit before they can be considered for approval by the University of Alberta's Animal Care and Use Committees. When an application submitted to the ACUC has not been reviewed and/or funded by a peer reviewed grant competition, an independent review must be solicited by the Research Ethics Office. Researchers will be asked to complete a Study Summary for Scientific Merit Review
and be asked to provide the names of two possible experts in the field, which may (or may not) be used by the Research Ethics Office to obtain the review. Only after the receipt of two favorable merit reviews will the review by the ACUC be allowed to proceed.