Note: RAS training documents and further FAQs are now located on this page.

RAS Updates

We will be releasing a RAS update June 22nd 2023. The document below outlines specific changes and updates. Please contact RAS Support if you have any questions.

What is the Research Administration System (RAS) Project?

The Research Administration System (RAS) integrates required forms for grants, contracts, human ethics and animal ethics into a single electronic system. This includes all workflow and approval processes for researchers, students, coordinators, approvers, and administrators. The purpose of the system is an easy-to-use paperless process that encompasses all administrative aspects of the research lifecycle from start to finish.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get access to RAS?

Active UM Staff and Students:

Submit a ticket to the IST Service Desk requesting access including the following information:

  • Legal First Name
  • Legal Last Name
  • Department Name (this is the department the research is being conducted under)
  • UM Staff/Student Email Address

External Researchers/Personnel:

A UM employee must sponsor an account, this is usually the PI. They must fill out the following form: Individual Sponsored Account. Please check the RAS checkbox on the form.

The UM employee sponsoring the account can email the form to IST service desk at and request access to the RAS. Include the following information in the body of the email: 

  • Legal First Name
  • Legal Last Name
  • Department Name

Who do I contact if I have questions about RAS or want to schedule a training session?

Contact RAS Support at if you have any questions or need any help with the system.

RAS Support can also provide one-on-one training or larger group training sessions as well. Contact to schedule. 

Human Ethics (Fort Garry)

Phase I of the project, Human Ethics (Fort Garry), went live in the system June 2021. All Human Ethics related forms are to be submitted through the new system. 

Please make sure to upload your CORE and PHIA (if applicable) certificates to your user profile in the new system as soon as possible as these are required for protocol submission.

Please visit the Human Ethics at Fort Garry website for details on current business rules and deadlines. 

Training Documents

Grants & Contracts

Phase II of the project, Grants & Contracts, is set to begin Fall 2023.

Animal Care (AC)

Phase III of the project, Animal Care, is set to begin in 2024.


Research Improvements Through Harmonization in Manitoba (RITHIM) is a provincial initiative being delivered through Research Manitoba in response to recommendations approved by the Manitoba Government.

Once implemented, the Committee for Harmonized Health Impact, Privacy and Ethics Review (CHIPER) will be the new harmonized review committee responsible for the review of ethics, privacy, and operational impact for health research in Manitoba.

Please visit Research Manitoba for more details of the RITHIM project.