Research ethics guidance - ESRC

Our framework for research ethics helps you to consider ethics issues during the complete lifecycle of a project and includes information and guidelines on good research conduct and governance.

Our policy and guidelines for good research conduct

Find out about your responsibilities to carry out research to the highest scientific and ethical standards

Framework for research ethics

Find out about our principles, commitment, terms and conditions and when to contact us

Researchers and research teams

Our principles and expectations for research collaboration

What to expect as a research participant

Find out how researchers should treat you if you are participating in their research

Risk and benefit

Answers to commonly asked questions about risk and benefit


Answers to commonly asked questions about consent

Internet mediated research

Learn about the specific ethical considerations when using the internet and social media for research

Research with children and young people

Considerations when using children in research

Research with potentially vulnerable people

Considerations when using vulnerable people in research

International research

What should you consider if your research has an international dimension

Data requirements

Your responsibilities when gathering and sharing data

Research organisations and research ethics committees

Build and maintain appropriate structures and support for good practice

Ethics reviews

Ensure your ethical approach is properly reviewed

Ethics statement examples

Read ethics statements from successful applications

Useful resources

Useful links to ethical codes, forms and templates and guidance

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