For all activities funded by the European Union, ethics is an integral part of research from beginning to end, and ethical compliance is seen as pivotal to achieve real research excellence.

Research Ethics and Integrity policy promotes the highest standards of ethics and integrity in the performance and governance of research and innovation in the EU, both within and beyond Horizon 2020. 

The progressive development of a coherent EU research ethics and integrity framework is the general policy objective.

It is achieved by

  • ensuring a dialogue between the EU countries' ethics and integrity bodies and the respective communities.
  • promoting the use of European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity and whenever necessary initiate the update of the code
  • improving the knowledge base on and understanding of ethics and integrity issues through Framework Programme activities
  • enhancing international cooperation in the context of the NEC (National Ethics Council) Forum, UNESCO, WHO and national initiatives
  • developing the ethics and research integrity dimension in Education and Open Science

Ensuring ethics acceptability in EU funded research is also essential to ensure the respect of EU values in Horizon.

This is mainly done by developing and implementing the EU Ethics appraisal scheme

Research projects in ethics