The Concordat to Support Research Integrity in the UK

Clarisse Faria-Fortecoëf

Universities UK and the UK's major research and Higher Education funders have signed on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, the Concordat to Support Research Integrity which could become a prerequisite for awarding scholarships to researchers.

The Concordat to Support Research Integrity sets out five major commitments intended to provide a national framework for good research conduct and its governance:

David Willets, UK Minister for Universities and Science, emphasizes the need for a shared commitment among researchers, employers and research funding. The Minister says that research must be based on "rigour, integrity and excellence" and that this ethical orientation "should remain an absolute priority".

The Concordat draws on the Singapore Statement on Research Integrity (2010) and the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity (2011). This document is therefore part of a continuity and contributes to promote British research through "greater openness and transparency".

Honesty, ethics, transparency, rigour and respect have to become the standard of the tomorrow UK's research.

> Read the document (.pdf) : The concordat to support research integrity

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