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Commission moves to strengthen research integrity

Brussels, 22 July 2016

The EU's Horizon 2020 research funding programme has now a more specific set of rules on research integrity to be followed by beneficiaries. This is thanks to the new provisions in the Horizon 2020 Model Grant Agreement.

The revamped model agreement PDF icon provides more clarity on previously general requirements contained in Article 34 of the agreement. The article now explicitly calls for beneficiaries to respect the principles of honesty, reliability, objectivity, impartiality, open communication, duty of care, and fairness and responsibility for future science generations.

Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: "The new rules will help promote a culture of research integrity and transparency in all research organisations. This will not only boost scientific excellence, but it will eventually show to the public that European science is above reproach."

The Commission also plays a key part in the recently launched revision of the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity PDF icon. The process is led by All European Academies (ALLEA) in cooperation with stakeholders including industry, academia and research funders. Once updated, in January 2017, the new code together with the revised Article 34 will constitute an effective mechanism to promote adherence to the highest standards of research integrity across Europe.

Background

In its Conclusions on Research Integrity PDF icon, the EU Council in December 2015 acknowledged that research integrity is key to achieving research excellence and that measures should be taken to prevent research misconduct. Therefore it invited the Commission and all stakeholders to define and implement policies to this effect.

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EC Spokesperson for Research, Science and Innovation