The EU funding programme for research and development “Horizon 2020 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.
In its Conclusions on Research Integrity, the EU Council in December 2015 acknowledged that research integrity is key to achieving research excellence and those measures should be taken to prevent research misconduct. Therefore, it invited the Commission and all stakeholders to define and implement policies to this effect. In this context, the new provisions in the Horizon 2020 Model Grant Agreement explicitly call for beneficiaries to respect the principles of honesty, reliability, objectivity, impartiality, open communication, duty of care, and fairness and responsibility for future science generations. It is expected that the new provisions in the Horizon 2020 Model Grant Agreement together with the recently launched revision of the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity, will constitute an effective mechanism to promote adherence to the highest standards of research integrity across Europe.
More information: http://ec.europa.eu/research/index.cfm?pg=newsalert&year=2016&na=na-220716