NHMRC Policy on Misconduct

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 integrity@nhmrc.gov.au.

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:

The policy is available here:

The Policy should be read in conjunction with the current NHMRC Funding Agreement and Funding Rules.

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