Responsible conduct of research
The Policy for the responsible conduct of research of the FRQ
The Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ) adopted a policy for the responsible conduct of research which came into effect September 1st 2015. This Policy formulates clear expectations of responsible conduct of research for the Quebec scientific community to which they must conform in order to hold FRQ funding. The directives included in the FRQ policy are consistent with national and international best practices for the responsible conduct of research. With their Policy for the responsible conduct of research, the FRQ thus contribute to sending out an international message of pledge to the responsible conduct of research. This Policy notably demonstrates how important the responsible conduct of research is for the FRQ.
In their Policy, the FRQ underscore the trust they place in the researchers, students and institutions benefitting from their funding. This trust lies at the heart of the global approach to ethics in research adopted by the FRQ. In addition to describing the underlying values and best practices of the responsible conduct of research, the policy defines the types of breaches of responsible conduct and dictates the essential element of the process by which institutions shall manage allegations of breaches. Furthermore, it specifies the framework for relaying information to the FRQ when a tangible link to one of the Fonds de recherche funding exists. With the aim to ensure sound management of public funds allocated to research, the FRQ notably request that the institutions inform them of all allegations of breaches of responsible conduct of research received, using their model Letter of admissibility.
The FRQ also suggest different educational tools to the Quebec scientific community. These tools aim to inform the different actors in research of their responsibility towards the responsible conduct of research. They include an information pamphlet to the attention of individuals benefiting from FRQ funding (students, researchers, research personnel and fund administrators), as well as an information pamphlet to the attention of the institutions and responsible conduct of research officers.
For more information on the responsible conduct of research and the education and training tools developed by the FRQ, we invite you to visit our Websites:
- Fonds Nature et technologies : http://www.frqnt.gouv.qc.ca/en/ethique/conduite-responsable-en-recherche
- Fonds Santé : http://www.frqs.gouv.qc.ca/en/ethique/conduite-responsable-en-recherche
- Fonds Société et culture : http://www.frqsc.gouv.qc.ca/en/ethique/conduite-responsable-en-recherche
Dépliant informatif sur la conduite responsable en recherche (destiné aux étudiants, aux chercheurs, aux professionnels de recherche et aux gestionnaires de fonds) [858 Ko]
Dépliant informatif sur la conduite responsable en recherche (destiné aux établissements et aux personnes chargées de la conduite responsable en recherche) [790 Ko]