Conduct Research with Island Health

Important COVID-19 Notice: Clinical Trials and Health Research Operations at Island Health 

Island Health Research is focused on reducing risks for research participants and the public, and on proactively ensuring that resources are prioritized and available to support the COVID-19 response.

We are now starting the gradual resumption of non-COVID-19 research at Island Health. Please refer to this notice for further information. To assist researchers with their applications, refer to this update about research ethics review, and resumption of research at Island Health.

Researchers submitting a COVID-19 clinical research ethics application that includes or intends to include Island Health must notify the Manager of Clinical Research by email to at the time of submission to support coordination and planning. Please read this notice for further details. 

Got an idea? We've got resources!

Here's what you need to know to conduct research at Island Health, and what we can do to help:

Before you start

For support with a potential QI project, please consider completing the Quality Improvement (QI) Ethics Decision Making Tool and Registry created by Island Health.

Develop Your Idea and Build a Team: connect with our research facilitator. Submit a request to get started.

Find Funding: check out our grant facilitation and budget supports, and don’t forget to notify us if you’re applying for an external grant or need a letter of support.

Request a Privacy Consultation: we can help you design your study to comply with Island Health and provincial requirements.

Request Access to Data: find out what kind of data Island Health has, and how to access it for research purposes.

Apply for Approval: ethics and operational approval is required for all research conducted at Island Health.


Data Collection and Analysis: got a secure way to collect and manage all your data? We do!

Reporting: ensure that you meet all reporting requirements to maintain ethics approval, and reconcile and submit any required progress or financial reports to the funding agency or sponsor (including Island Health!)


Close your study with the ethics board through the Research Services Portal.

Complete any final financial or funding reports.

Translate your research into practice

Disseminate your results through presentations or publications. Contact Andrea Zeelie-Varga to learn more.