Responsible Conduct of Research

CIHR, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada (SSHRC) (the Agencies) are committed to fostering and maintaining an environment that supports and promotes the responsible conduct of research (RCR).

On December 5, 2011, the Presidents of the Agencies announced the launch of the Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research. This Framework describes Agency policies and requirements related to applying for and managing Agency funds, performing research and disseminating results. It also outlines the process that institutions and Agencies follow in the event of an allegation of a breach of Agency policy.

This Framework replaces the previous integrity policy and related documents, including the Tri-Agency Policy Statement: Integrity in Research and Scholarship (TCPS-I, 1994), the Framework for Tri-Council Review of Institutional Policies Dealing with Integrity in Research (1996) and the Tri-Agency Process for Addressing Allegations of Non-compliance with Tri-Agency Policies (2010).

The Agencies established a Panel on Responsible Conduct of Research that will ensure a coherent and uniform approach to promoting the responsible conduct of research and addressing allegations of breaches of Agency policies. The Panel will be responsible for governing and implementing the Framework, with support from the Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research.

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