Students and researchers at academic institutions and research entities who would like to invite Aġenzija Sapport staff members, service users or their relatives to participate in research and/or to collect any form of data, shall contact Aġenzija Sapport’s Research Section and submit a research request.


Research requests are initially reviewed to check whether or not the Agency has the required access to staff members, service users or relatives who fit the study’s participation criteria, and, to gauge, whenever applicable, whether the Agency could reasonably accommodate the research study being presented. Moreover, research requests are reviewed to ensure that ethical standards are adhered to and to ascertain that the study would not have any undesirable impact on the consenting participants or on the Agency.


Research Request Process:

  1. Research request form is submitted, with required documentation
  2. Request is reviewed
  3. Research requests may be approved, conditionally approved or refused
  4. Applicants are informed of outcome


Given that only a limited number of studies can be carried out at any point in time, Aġenzija Sapport gives priority to research studies covering topics identified as most relevant by the Agency. Thus, applicants are advised to check about these topics and to gauge the feasibility of their proposed methodology with the Agency’s Research section prior to submitting a research request.


A list of relevant research topics may be readily obtained from the Research section upon request.

Submitting a research request

Students and researchers who would like to submit a research request to Aġenzija Sapport should fill in the respective research request form:


◆ Research Request – Dissertation, if the request is related to a dissertation

◆ Research Request – Assignment/Coursework, if the request is related to an assignment or any other study-unit coursework or

◆ Research Request – Non-Student, if the request is being made by a non-student (i.e., researchers at academic institutions and research entities) or by an organisation.


Applicants are also to attach the following documents with their application form:

  • An information letter addressed to the potential participants together with a Consent Form.


This document shall include:

  1. the student’s or the researcher’s identity and contact information together with the reason why the project or study is being conducted;
  2. how the data being collected will be recorded, processed and used;
  3. the recipients to whom participants’ identity and personal data may be disclosed;
  4. a statement confirming the participants’ right to access, rectify, and where applicable erase the data concerning them;
  5. a statement confirming that the data collected will be exclusively used for the purpose of this specific project or study;


  • The ethical approval, and, whenever this is not applicable, a letter from the study-unit’s coordinator that confirms the purpose and scope of the project or research;
  • The data collection guide(e.g., interview questions, observation guide and/or questionnaire, etc.);
  • Any other relevant documents, whenever applicable.


Those interested in submitting a research request may fill in the application form electronically or download the application and submit it by hand or by post.


Click this link to fill in the Research Request – Dissertation form electronically
Click this link to download the Research Request – Dissertation form


Click this link to fill in the Research Request – Assignment / Coursework form electronically
Click this link to download the Reserch Request – Assignment / Coursework form


Click this link to fill in the Research Request – Non-Student form electronically
Click this link to download the Research Request – Non Student form


Address: Aġenzija Sapport, Research Department, Patri Ġwann Azzopardi Street, Santa Venera SVR 1614

Click this link for location and/or directions


For more information on Research requests, one may send an email on research.sapport@gov.mt or call on (+356) 2256 8000.


Click this link for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on this service

Terms and Conditions

The outcome of requests is solely at the discretion of Aġenzija Sapport.


The approval of a research request enables Aġenzija Sapport to disseminate the applicant’s research participation invitation to those staff members, service users or relatives who may be regarded as potential participants due to meeting the study’s participation criteria.


An approved research request does not automatically imply or guarantee that participants will be available for data collection or successfully recruited. Naturally and invariably, participation in research is entirely voluntary, and thus, irrespective of a research request approval, Aġenzija Sapport can neither guarantee the availability of participants nor their participation.


Applicants whose request is approved shall submit a copy of their study or project to Aġenzija Sapport once it is finalised, and, in the case of students, once a grade has been allocated.

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