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Research Governance Framework

Ethical research in health and social care

The Research Governance Framework (RGF) for health and social care considers and approves research in the sector. It is a statutory duty for adults and children’s social work in our Adult Social Care and Together for Families directorates.

The Research Governance Framework Panel meets monthly to consider applications. The panel’s priority is to check that:

  • the research is ethical
  • proposals have taken into consideration data protection and a sound research methodology

The aim is to encourage compliance without discouraging research.

Making an application to the panel

To make an application to the panel, download our guidance documents and complete the application form:

Applications to be considered at panel must be emailed to:

Applications are required to be submitted two weeks before the panel date. An outcome / feedback will be forwarded within two weeks of panel.

Panel dates for 2024

  • 12 January 2024
  • 9 February 2024
  • 8 March 2024
  • 12 April 2024
  • 10 May 2024
  • 14 June 2024
  • 12 July 2024
  • 9 August 2024
  • 13 September 2024
  • 11 October 2024
  • 8 November 2024
  • 14 December 2024

For more information about the process and applications contact the appropriate Research Governance Framework team. Contact details can be found on this page.

Useful resources

You can find out more in:

Published Research

The following published research has been supported by the Research Governance Framework Panel.

Data protection

For information and advice about data protection issues, please email our Information Governance Team:

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