Reporting research misconduct
The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research 2007 (the Code) encourages and promotes integrity in research. It provides a framework for managing breaches of the Code and allegations of research misconduct, managing research data and materials, publishing and disseminating research findings, including proper attribution of authorship, conducting effective peer review and managing conflicts of interest. It also explains the responsibilities and rights of researchers if they witness research misconduct.
NHMRC takes all matters related to research integrity very seriously, and all research funded by NHMRC is required to comply with the Code. It is important to note, however, that NHMRC does not investigate allegations of research misconduct. This is the responsibility of the relevant research institution, as stated in the Code. The fact sheets below provide advice on how to raise concerns about research misconduct.
For further advice, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
NHMRC policy on misconduct
In August 2015, NHMRC consulted on its draft NHMRC Policy on Actions to be Taken in Response to Research Misconduct Involving NHMRC Funding (2015). To enable NHMRC to fully consider the comments received, the introduction of the new misconduct policy was delayed, with key issues raised in the feedback addressed in a limited revision of the policy released in October 2015. Full revisions to the policy have now been completed, and the new NHMRC policy on misconduct related to NHMRC funding is now available. NHMRC is grateful for the feedback received from many institutions as part of the consultation process. This feedback has informed the new policy.
The policy will be revised again when the current revisions to the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research 2007 are complete.
This policy comes into effect on 1 February 2017 and will replace the NHMRC policy on misconduct related to NHMRC funding (2015). Key changes between the new policy and the previous policy include the following:
Requirements on Administering Institutions to notify NHMRC of any prima facie case of research misconduct, or a breach of the Code, and/or the outcome of any research misconduct inquiries, remain the same as in the previous policy, with the exception that NHMRC must also be notified where a preliminary investigation has taken longer than 40 business days.
Additional information about the content required in notifications is provided in an appendix.
Definitions of key terms are provided in an appendix.
The policy is more closely aligned with the Australian Research Council (ARC) Research integrity and research misconduct policy, in order to assist institutions in meeting the requirements of both policies.
Additional information has been provided about NHMRC’s precautionary and consequential actions and how these are applied.
Additional information about the scope of the policy, confidentiality and reviews or complaints is provided.
The policy is supported by fact sheets, available on the NHMRC website, as follows:
The policy is available here:
The Policy should be read in conjunction with the current NHMRC Funding Agreement and Funding Rules.
- Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research 2007
- NHMRC Complaints Policy and Form