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UKRI policy and guidance on the governance of good research practice
The UKRI policy on the governance of good research practice and the accompanying guidelines are part of UKRI’s grants standard terms and conditions. They continue to apply for AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC and STFC investments until further notice. They cover the promotion of good research practice, including:
- good practice in peer review
- the need for appropriate training and development
- what constitutes unacceptable research conduct
- the investigation and reporting of unacceptable research conduct.
If you are an organisation funded by UKRI and need to report a formal investigation into an allegation of research misconduct, please contact the relevant council:
These are confidential mailboxes monitored by research integrity leads and their teams.
The policies set out below are council-specific. However, researchers are encouraged to adopt these principles and policies as they are widely applicable for the relevant type of research.
Research England: Terms and conditions of grant
Institutions eligible to receive research funding from Research England must implement the concordat as it is a condition of receiving funds.
ESRC: Framework for research ethics
An ethics framework developed by the ESRC for research organisations, including universities. The requirements are mandatory for ESRC-funded research. The framework is widely considered best practice.
MRC and BBSRC: Managing the risks of research misuse
A joint policy statement of MRC, BBSRC and Wellcome on managing risks of research misuse for harmful purposes, also referred as ‘dual use research of concern’.
BBSRC: Safeguarding good scientific practice
BBSRC expects the highest standards of scientific integrity to be adhered to by the researchers and students it funds, whether they are employees of the BBSRC or of other institutions. This statement addresses the issues involved in the proper conduct of scientific research, and provides guidance on the standards expected.