5. Ethics and approvals - MRC


5.13 Development of software as part of a grant

In accordance with government policy on Open Source Software (OSS), applicants whose proposed research aims to produce software outputs must specify a proposed software exploitation route in the case for support. When the project is completed, the software should be exploited either commercially, within an academic community or as OSS.

Further information on OSS can be found on the Open Source Initiative website.

Please note: the policy on exploiting research and development software does not apply to software developed in the areas of defence, national security or law enforcement. Neither does it apply to software developed by trading funds.

Please visit developing healthcare products if you are developing an app or other software with a medical purpose. These may be medical devices.

Last updated: 17 August 2023

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