Research and Publications



Talofa NUS Staff,
Kindly be advised that the Vice Chancellor & President is pleased to make the call for research proposals for discussion and approval of the UREC at its next meeting on Thursday, 13th June 2024.

Please find attached templates for your research proposals. If there is any concern please advise.
1.  Research Proposal Template
2. UREC Ethics Checklist & Declaration Form
All queries and proposals can be emailed to or Thank you. 
Ma le fa’aaloalo lava,

University Research and Ethics Committee

The vision of the National University of Samoa (NUS) is to become an internationally recognised institution of excellence in Samoan studies and to provide a diverse and quality public tertiary education. To fulfil this vision, NUS established the University Research and Ethics Committee (UREC) to enable its members to increase the performance and quality standing of research and consultancy within the University.


To formulate and recommend to Council Research Policies
To formulate and recommend to Council Funding Policies
To approve research ethics applications and funding proposals
To provide financial assistance (through competitive funding rounds) to researchers from within and outside the University
To play a supervisory and monitoring role in the research area on behalf of the University
To recommend the acquisition of such infrastructure needed within the University (such as major items of equipment, software) to help researchers achieve their goals
To consider and approve ethics applications for all proposed research and teaching projects involving human subjects, to ensure compliance with ethical standards
To provide advice with regard to ethical standards to anyone undertaking such research or teaching
To provide a forum for handling complaints or queries about ethical matters in research
To work collaboratively with national and private research institutes.

Contact Us

UREC Secretariat:

NUS Research Plan 2018 - 2023

Research and Publication Policies

Applying for Research Funding

Application Procedures and Forms

The applicant must be either a NUS staff member or a permanent resident or citizen of Samoa. The Researcher must utilize the Application templates and guidelines. All templates are to be submitted in accordance to UREC meeting schedules and deadlines. All applications are to be submitted to 

Researcher Maximum Funding

  • NUS Researcher – Maximum of ST$10,000 per project.
  • Non-NUS staff who are Principal researchers are not eligible to apply for UREC funds.

UREC Meetings and Submission Deadlines


UREC Templates and Guidelines

Applying for Ethics Approval / Research Visa

Ethical approval by UREC is required for all research activities pertaining to human, animal, cultural and environmental protection and consideration. For ethical approval an ethics application must be completed and submitted together with supporting documentations to Research Ethics and Support Letters for Research Visas can be applied for at any time of the year.

Applying for Research Visa

Visiting researchers have to apply for a Research Visa through the Samoa Immigration office ( Visiting researchers are required to submit their research applications to UREC for reviewing before a letter of support is provided for Research Visa application.

Samoa Immigration requirements for Research Visas

  • Letter from your sponsorship academic institution to support research
  • Letter from National University of Samoa supporting research
  • Evidence of funds for support while in Samoa, or travel out of Samoa
  • Medical and Police reports if stay in Samoa 12 months or more
  • Application must be lodged and decided before travel to Samoa
  • Fee – $600.00 plus $300.00 for each dependant

UREC Requirements for Ethical Approval/ Research Visa Letter of Support

  • Letter from your institution to support your research funding and ethics
  • Copy of Research Proposal Application
  • Research Questionnaires
  • Consent Form
  • UREC Ethics Checklist

Urec Ethics Templates

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