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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.

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The Research Governance Framework Panel meets monthly to consider applications. The panel’s priority is to check that the research is ethical, and that proposals have taken into consideration data protection and a sound research methodology. The aim is to encourage compliance without discouraging research.

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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 for research relating to Adult Social Care or for research relating to Together for Families. Applications are required to be submitted 2 weeks before the panel date.  An outcome / feedback will be forwarded within 2 weeks of panel.

Panel dates for Adult Social Care and Together for Families 2020/2021

  • 25 March 2021
  • 21 April 2021
  • 19 May 2021
  • 23 June 2021
  • 21 July 2021
  • 26 August 2021
  • 22 September 2021
  • 28 October 2021
  • 25 November 2021
  • 15 December 2021

For more information about the process and applications contact the appropriate Research Governance Framework team using the details on this page.

Data protection

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