A research protocol is your complete study design. It includes:
- data analysis
- management of risks
- Data safety monitoring committee
- addendums (participant information, questionnaires, other tools)
- Standard operating procedures
- day to day guidance for conducting a survey
The ethics application, asks relevant ethical questions, but its format is not conducive to your study. You probably won’t refer to this document again. The protocol forms the basis for your final study publication. Amendments and changes to your study will be made in the study protocol, not the NEAF or LNR.