Research Integrity

Policy Statement on Ensuring Research Integrity in Ireland

Research integrity relates to the performance of research to the highest standards of professionalism and rigour, and to the accuracy and integrity of the research record in publications and elsewhere. It is essential that the Irish research system as a whole protects its reputation for the quality and integrity of its research activity and outputs, in order that we and our international partners may rely on those outputs to promote economic and social development and growth.  Unfortunately instances of research malpractice and misconduct are increasing worldwide. Research integrity is best ensured, in so far as possible, when individual researchers, institutions and funding bodies work together to create effective processes.  This should ensure that the research for which they are responsible is conducted to the highest standards, and any shortcomings in process or practice are identified and taken in hand.

 

News & Events:

3 Feb 2017 – The inaugural seminar of the National Forum on Research Integrity was held in the RIA.

Click here for event details and presentations.

 

About the National Forum on Research Integrity

In June 2015, the standing National Forum on Research Integrity was established. The Forum membership is drawn from research funders, research performing organisations and other relevant organisations. It is coordinated by the Irish Universities Association.

RINF Process

The concept of the forum was outlined in the document  National Policy Statement on Ensuring Research Integrity in Ireland 2014  which was launched by Sean Sherlock, TD, Minister of State for Research and Innovation on 4th June 2014. For details on the launch, please link here.

The document was produced by a working group on research integrity established  in 2011 between the Irish Universities Association, Health Research Board, Science Foundation Ireland, Royal Irish Academy, Enterprise Ireland, Higher Education Authority, the Irish Research Council, and Quality and Qualifications Ireland (previously IUQB and HETAC).

The working group drew heavily on the 2010 Royal Irish Academy publication “Ensuring Integrity in Irish Research” which arose from a policy workshop co-sponsored by IUA, HRB, HEA and SFI. A second policy discussion forum was hosted by the RIA in July 2012 and a consultation on the draft statement was carried out in 2013.

 

 

Key responsibilities of the Forum include:

  • Supporting the implementation of research integrity policies and processes in a harmonised manner across the research performers;
  • Supporting national research funders in implementing harmonised research integrity statements in grant conditions and associated audit processes;
  • Agreeing a process and format for the public dissemination of the outcome of research integrity investigations having regard to existing regulations relating to misconduct and discipline in the research-performing organisations, and the Terms and Conditions of grants awarded by the research funding organisations;
  • Supporting the development and roll-out of research integrity training programmes for staff and students in the research performers;
  • Monitoring international developments and policy in the area of research integrity, and making appropriate recommendations for adjustments in research integrity policy and practice in Ireland;
  • Communicating the importance of research integrity to the Irish research community and to the general public.
  • Terms of Reference for the National Forum – Terms of Reference RI National Forum April 2016

National Forum Members

  • Anita Maguire, University College Cork (Chair)
  • Maura Hiney, Health Research Board
  • Marion Boland, Science Foundation Ireland
  • James Conway, Department of Agriculture
  • Jonathan Derham, Environmental Protection Agency
  • John Finn, Teagasc
  • Gearoid Mooney, Enterprise Ireland
  • Peter Brown, Irish Research Council
  • Fiona Brennan, Dublin City University
  • Deirdre Desmond, Maynooth University
  • Kilian Dooley, National University of Ireland Galway
  • Alan Donnelly, University of Limerick
  • Sharon Bailey, University College Dublin
  • Michael Farrell, University College Cork
  • Brian McGing, Trinity College Dublin
  • Mary McNamara, Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Gerard Kelly, Cork Institute of Technology
  • Brendan Jennings, Waterford Institute of Technology
  • Peter McHugh, Royal Irish Academy
  • Nicki O’Connor, Higher Education Authority
  • John O’Connor, Quality and Qualifications Ireland
  • Ned Costello, Irish Universities Association
  • Jennifer Brennan, Irish Universities Association

More Information:

International Statements on Research Integrity – http://www.icsu.org/freedom-responsibility/research-integrity/statements-codes-reports