All researchers interested in conducting health-related research in Nepal must get prior approval from the Nepal Health Research Council (NHRC) or associated institutional review committees before they proceed. Note that these committees are usually in teaching hospitals with authority delegated from NHRC for approving research.
Prospective researchers should apply to carry out health research on NHRC’s research application form (Research Proposal Approval Format). Completed forms can be submitted by email. Note the form’s checklist for applicants at the end of the form.
All applications have to be approved by NHRC’s ethical review board (ERB). All potential researchers should therefore read the National Ethical Guidelines for Health Research in Nepal And Standard Operating Procedures before they finalise their research design and submit their application to NHRC. Especially note part 5.5 of the guidelines that calls for externally sponsored research to meet international standards in its activities in Nepal.
All applications are reviewed by qualified external reviewers who often provide useful pointers for adjusting applications prior to their submission to the Ethical Review Board. Complete applications will usually take at least one month to process.
Health Link encourages researchers to raise awareness, share knowledge, experience, and/or evidence that complements and helps in strengthening overall equitable health systems delivery in Nepal: