NHMRC promotes a high standard of quality in the conduct of research. Research must be conducted in accordance with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (the Code). The Code promotes; honesty and integrity in research, respect for participants (both humans and animals) and the environment, good stewardship of the resources used to conduct research, appropriate acknowledgement of the roles of others in research and responsible communication of research results.
Conducting research in accordance with the Code and Funding Agreement
Funding Agreement and Deed of Agreement
All grants funded by the NHMRC are offered in accordance with the Deed of Agreement between the NHMRC and the Administering Institution with requirements for regular administrative activities and reporting.
Acknowledgement of NHMRC funding
- Refer to clause 20 of the NHMRC Funding Agreement.
Administering Institutions are required to deposit any publication resulting from a NHMRC-funded Research Activity in an open access institutional repository within a twelve month period from the date of publication.
Ethical Conduct of Research
Research involving humans and animals must be conducted ethically and with integrity.
Research involving Humans
All research involving humans must be conducted in accordance with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007).
A 'clinical trial' is research in which a therapeutic, preventive or diagnostic intervention is tested.
Human research ethics
Human Research Ethics Portal
National Approach to Single Ethical Review of Multi-centre Research
Research involving Animals
All research involving animals must be conducted in accordance with the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes 8th edition (2013).
Animal research ethics
NHMRC’s guidance on conducting research involving animals in an ethical and appropriate manner.
Complying with Legislation
Research must be conducted in accordance with national legislation including;
- Privacy Act 1988
- Gene Technology Act 2000
- Research Involving Human Embryos Act 2002
- Defence Trade Control Act 2012
Dual-use research is research while generated for public good, may have some finds that could potentially pose significant adverse public health risks if publicised.
The Code outlines that the responsible conduct of research is a shared responsibility. NHMRC publishes guidelines to support integrity in research. It is the responsibility of researchers to design and conduct research and organisations which employ researchers and/or fund research to ensure that research is conducted with integrity.
Complaints handling and reporting research misconduct
NHMRC has formal procedures for responding to complaints and allegations of research misconduct.
Australian Research Integrity Committee
The ARIC provides a review system of institutional processes to respond to allegations of research misconduct.