Research Integrity

National 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. These principles are captured in the National Policy Statement on Ensuring Research Integrity in Ireland, first published in 2014 and revised in 2019.

About The National Forum on Research Integrity:

The National Forum on Research Integrity was established in June 2015. It is coordinated by the Irish Universities Association (IUA) and the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA). The Forum membership is drawn from research funders, research performing organisations and other relevant organisations. The Forum is chaired by Professor Anita Maguire from University College Cork and the Deputy Chairperson is Dr. Jennifer Brennan from the Technological Higher Education Association. It is tasked with responsibility for research integrity in Innovation 2020, the national research and innovation strategy, and reports annually to the Innovation 2020 Implementation Group on progress against key actions.

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-February-2019.pdf (93 downloads)

Key Outputs of the Forum:

  • A series of position papers and guidance documents regarding the establishment of research integrity policies and procedures in Irish research performing organisations.
  • A written contribution to the revised text of the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity.
  • An inaugural seminar Responsible research and innovation: Fostering a climate of excellence for Irish research” in February 2017.
  • The roll-out a three-year pilot to provide research integrity training to staff and students at all higher education institutions and publicly-funded research organisations in Ireland, supported with funding from national research funding organisations, the IUA and THEA.
  • Raising the international awareness of the work of the Forum via presentation at several international research integrity conferences, including the 5th World Conference on Research Integrity.
  • Representing Ireland in a Mutual Learning Exercise on Research Integrity led by the European Commission.
  • Annual statistics report on instances of research misconduct formally investigated in Irish research performing organisations.  National-Statistics-on-Formal-Investigations-of-Research-Misconduct-2016.pdf (112 downloads)

Position Papers:

Activities & Events:

8 March 2019 –  Joint Workshop by the National Research Integrity Forum and the National Open Research Forum 

9 Feb 2018 – Prof. Anita Maguire and Dr. Jennifer Brennan present progress towards Innovation 2020 Actions on research integrity to the I2020 Implementation Group

5 Feb 2018 – The work of the National RI Forum is presented at the PRINTEGER Research Integrity conference in Germany.  Jennifer-Brennan-PRINTEGER-Conference-Feb-2018.pdf (176 downloads)

6 June 2017  – Report Published of the inaugural seminar of the National Forum. National Forum on Research Integrity Seminar Report Feb 2017 web version

31 May 2017 – Forum member Dr. Maura Hiney presents the National RI Forum at the 5th World Conference on Research Integrity in The Netherlands.

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.

25 Nov 2016 – Prof. Anita Maguire presents the National RI Forum at the SATORI Mutual Learning Workshop in London.  A-Maguire-UCC-SATORI-workshop-Nov-2016-FINAL-1.pdf (160 downloads)


National Forum Members:

  • Anita Maguire, University College Cork (Chair)
  • Jennifer Brennan, Technological Higher Education Association (Deputy Chair)
  • Cork Institute of Technology
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Dublin City University
  • Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Enterprise Ireland
  • Health Research Board
  • Higher Education Authority
  • Irish Research Council
  • Irish Universities Association
  • Quality and Qualifications Ireland
  • Maynooth University
  • Marine Institute
  • National University of Ireland Galway
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • Royal Irish Academy
  • Science Foundation Ireland
  • Teagasc
  • Technological University Dublin
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • University College Cork
  • University College Dublin
  • University of Limerick
  • Waterford Institute of Technology

Additional Reading:

Singapore Statement on Research Integrity 

Montreal Statement on Research Integrity in Cross-Boundary Research Collaborations 

OECD Best Practices for Ensuring Scientific Integrity and Preventing Misconduct

Science Europe Seven Reasons to Care about Integrity in Research 

International Council for Science Statements on Research Integrity