Responsible Conduct of Research

October 19, 2012

The Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research invites you to a webinar on the

Responsible Conduct of Research:
An Introduction to the Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research
October 25, 2011 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time

During this one-hour webinar, Karen Wallace, Policy Analyst, will introduce the main elements of the Framework; highlight the responsibilities of researchers, institutions and Agencies as they relate to Agency-funded research; and describe the process for addressing allegations of breaches of Tri-Agency policies.

Register for this webinar at: http://cihr-irsc.sondages-surveys.ca/surveys/wbu/introduction-to-framework/

Registration capacity is limited to 200 attendees. A recording will be made available online for viewing at a later date.

For future news on the responsible conduct of research, add your name to the Secretariat’s electronic mailing list at: secretariat@rcr.ethics.gc.ca.

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New Tri-Council Policy: Consent to Disclosure of Personal Information

February 16, 2012

Please note the new Tri-Council policy on Consent to Disclosure of Personal Information, which was implemented November 17, 2011 under the Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research (http://www.rcr.ethics.gc.ca/eng/policy-politique/framework-cadre/).

All researchers applying for CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC awards will be required to consent to this new policy. If an applicant refuses to agree with the Consent to Disclosure of Personal Information, the application will not be accepted by the agency. Should an individual participating in a group application refuse to agree to the consent, the application would have to be submitted without the name and participation of said individual.

More information: Tri-Council Disclosure Consent Policy memo from Acting VP Research


Responsible Conduct of Research

December 8, 2011

Canada’s research granting agencies—the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada—are committed to fostering and maintaining an environment that supports and promotes the responsible conduct of research.

On December 5, 2011, they officially launched the new Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research. This new framework is an umbrella document that 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 the agencies follow in the event of an allegation of a breach of agency policy.

This new 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).

It is important to note that:

    1. Effective December 5, applicants, grantees and awards holders are required to comply with the new Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research and all the policies contained within it.
    2.  To ensure full accountability and transparency for the proper use of public funds in supporting research, the agencies now require all researchers applying for funding to provide a Consent to Disclosure of Personal Information, allowing the agencies (subject to applicable laws, including the Privacy Act, and in cases of a serious breach of agency policy) to publicly disclose:
      -the name of the researcher;
      -the nature of the breach;
      -the name of the institution where the researcher was employed at the time of the breach; and
      -the name of the institution where the researcher is currently employed.
    3. The new Panel on Responsible Conduct of Research will be responsible for ensuring 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 new framework, with support from the new Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research (previously the Secretariat on Research Ethics).

For more information about the new framework, including a message from the tri-agency presidents and some highlights of the new framework, please visit the panel website or contact the Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research at secretariat@rcr.ethics.gc.ca.


Responsible Conduct of Research – Consultation on draft Framework

August 22, 2011

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) (the Agencies) have officially launched a consultation on the draft Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research. 

The consultation document was developed by the Agencies, in collaboration with the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), and will be available online for input from August 15 until September 30.

YOUR FEEDBACK

The Agencies invite institutions, associations, organizations and individuals to provide input on the draft Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research by visiting the NSERC Web site.

Institutional and organizational representatives are asked to consult their researchers and membership and report on the collective perspective.  Individuals may also respond independently.

Responses should be sent electronically to consultation@nserc-crsng.gc.ca.

Provide your written comments and feedback according to the following sections of the Framework:

  • Responsibilities of Researchers
  • Breaches of Agency Policies by Researchers
  • Responsibilities of Institutions
  • Breaches of Agency Policies by Institutions
  • Responsibilities of the Agencies

Please note that the consultation document is accessible online until September 30, at which time the consultation period ends.

 For more information, please contact consultation@nserc-crsng.gc.ca or consult Frequently Asked Questions.


Research Integrity Report Released

October 21, 2010

The Council of Canadian Academies has released the report entitled Honesty, Accountability and Trust: Fostering Research Integrity in Canada.

The report represents the work of a 14-member panel of experts, chaired by Dr. Paul Davenport, President Emeritus of the University of Western Ontario. The Panel’s report is in response to a request from Industry Canada for an assessment of the key research integrity principles, procedural mechanisms, and appropriate practices for their application across research disciplines and institutions in Canada.

The full report is available for download, free of charge, in both official languages on the Council’s website .