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UKRI to create Research Integrity Committee by Summer 2020


UKRI to create Research Integrity Committee by Summer 2020

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) intends to establish a national Research Integrity Committee by Summer 2020.

The Committee will champion research integrity in the UK and independently examine whether research institutions have followed appropriate processes to investigate misconduct.

Discussions are currently ongoing with UK funding partners and the research and innovation sector to seek feedback on the Research Integrity Committee’s proposed terms of reference and operations. These discussions will feed into and shape the terms of reference on which we will consult on in spring 2020.

An Interim Chair will be appointed shortly to progress the public consultation and provide strategic guidance on the recruitment of the Chair.

In a letter to the recently-appointed Science and Technology Committee Chair Greg Clark MP, UK Research and Innovation Chief Executive, Professor Sir Mark Walport, said: “The Research Integrity Committee is an important priority for UKRI as we work towards creating a vibrant, healthy and responsible research environment.

“It is crucial that the remit and legal parameters of the Research Integrity Committee are established on a sound footing from the outset whilst being flexible to reflect the needs of stakeholders and as accountability and assurance processes mature.”

In October 2019, UKRI emphasised its support for improvements in the research environment by reaffirming its signatory status to the Concordat to Support Research Integrity.

The revised concordat seeks to provide a national framework for good research conduct and its governance and came after the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee identified a number of causes for concern, including poor levels of compliance with the original Concordat.

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