Frequently Asked Questions
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ICART will seldom offer approval for proposals to go forward if there is no local collaborator. Any project proposed by someone outside of the local Bukavu region and without a local collaborator must show exceptionally strong justification as to how the proposed study will result in local significance.
ICART staff can tell you what documents you need when applying to have your project reviewed by the Ethics Board and we can introduce you to the committee chair. Minimally, information needed will be project title, names of principle investigator and co-investigators, scientific background and objectives, scientific methods (study design, inclusion/exclusion criteria, confidentiality procedures, informed consent procedures, study protocol,) study team members names, positions, roles and responsibilities, and how the data will be used.
-International Investigators $750: ($500 to UCB Ethics Review Board and $250 to ICART)
-Local Investigators $300: ($250 to UCB Ethics Review Board and $50 to ICART). Scholarships are sometimes available through ICART to support local investigators’ ethics review applications.
YES. Ethics approval is required by the initiating home institution’s ethics review board for Human subjects if that institution’s review board is different from the Ethics Review Board for Human Subjects located in Bukavu. The protocol and approva
YES. Ethically and pragmatically, acknowledging ICART’s role in your research is crucial to the research center’s long term success and credibility. We suggest an acknowledgement similar to the following, to be modified per the style of the particular journal or conference: “This work was approved and supported by the International Center for Advanced Research and Training (ICART), located in Bukavu, DR Congo. The content of this article (or abstract, presentation, other – please specify) is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the institutions where the work has been carried out (e.g. Evangelical University
If you travel through Rwanda or Burundi: Please visit your State Immigration websites for specific visa requirements for Rwanda. If a visa for Rwanda is required, you will need a double entry visa so that you can re-enter on your way back to your country of origin. If you travel through Burundi, please see the Burundi Embassy website for your country specific requirements.