LERU is convinced Europe requires continued efforts to promote research integrity. In this talk I will present prevailing views on research integrity from within the LERU network, based on, for example, an examination of existing codes of conduct at LERU universities.
I will also talk about LERU’s activity on research integrity at the EU level, in relation to the European Research Area, Horizon 2020 and Open Science. LERU has urged the European Commisson to pay more attention to research integrity in its policies and has also been a staunch advocate for openness in science.
We have suggested to the EC that future H2020 grant agreements could reasonably require recipient organisations to (a) to have developed their own research integrity code or adopted a national or other recognised code, (b) take responsibility for dealing effectively with concerns or alleged research misconduct, (c) respond promptly to any concerns raised by other parties directly with the EC and referred onwards and (d) keep the EC informed about the outcomes of cases, wherever appropriate.
LERU has provided extensive input into the initiative to revise the “European Code for Research Integrity” developed by ALLEA/ESF (2011), which may serve as a recognised and useful reference document for future H2020 projects where needed.
Handling/investigating allegations and taking action in proven cases should remain the responsibility of the universities and other research providers. Therefore, LERU welcomes the revision of article 34 on ethics and research integrity in the Model Grant Agreement of H2020. At the same time we urge the EC to avoid excessive regulation that would make H2020 projects unattractive for researchers and increase red tape.
LERU also supports the EC’s efforts to foster Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), covering public engagement, science ethics, science education, gender equality, open access and governance. Ongoing and future H2020 projects to suppo