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Responsible Conduct of Research

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.

Open Access

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).

Clinical Trials

A 'clinical trial' is research in which a therapeutic, preventive or diagnostic intervention is tested.

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;

Dual-Use research

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.

Research Integrity

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.

Page last updated on 26 February 2015