Institutions and the responsible conduct of research
The Fonds de recherche du Québec (hereafter, the FRQ) trust institutions to promote a culture of responsible conduct of research within their community. Furthermore, the FRQ consider that institutions are best placed to handle allegations involving their employees or students.
What are the responsibilities of institutions with respect to the responsible conduct of research?
- Promoting an environment conducive to the responsible conduct of research and providing appropriate training and education;
- Adopting a responsible conduct of research policy consistent with the FRQ Policy for the Responsible Conduct of Research;
- Ensuring the responsible and ethical use of public funds;
- Handling allegations of research misconduct in accordance with known principles of natural justice;
- Following up as needed to reduce any adverse consequences of an allegation or breach of responsible conduct of research, paying particular attention to people in vulnerable situations.
Is my institution affected by the FRQ Policy for the Responsible Conduct of Research?
In addition to the people who actually carry out research, the FRQ Policy for the Responsible Conduct of Research is aimed at institutions that receive FRQ funding, act as trustees of FRQ research funds or that host research activities funded by the FRQ. Notably, it defines breaches of responsible conduct of research and specifies the minimum requirements of the FRQ regarding the management of allegations of research misconduct. Institutions that receive FRQ funding, act as trustees of FRQ research funds or that host FRQ-funded research activities agree in writing to comply with these requirements.
Nevertheless, the FRQ Policy invites all Québec institutions where research activities take place to promote the responsible conduct of research within their community, thereby contributing to research excellence!
The institution’s responsible conduct of research officer!
- FONDS DE RECHERCHE DU QUÉBEC. Policy for the Responsible Conduct of Research, 2014.
Published: December 10, 2015