UKRI policy for investigating allegations of research misconduct in research policy (PDF, 130KB)
UKRI policy and guidance on the governance of good research practice
The UKRI policy on the governance of good research practice and the accompanying guidelines are part of UKRI’s grants standard terms and conditions. They continue to apply for AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC and STFC investments until further notice. They cover the promotion of good research practice, including:
- good practice in peer review
- the need for appropriate training and development
- what constitutes unacceptable research conduct
- the investigation and reporting of unacceptable research conduct.
If you are an organisation funded by UKRI and need to report a formal investigation into an allegation of research misconduct, please contact the relevant council:
These are confidential mailboxes monitored by research integrity leads and their teams.
The policies set out below are council-specific. However, researchers are encouraged to adopt these principles and policies as they are widely applicable for the relevant type of research.
Research England: Terms and conditions of grant
Institutions eligible to receive research funding from Research England must implement the concordat to support research integrity as it is a condition of receiving funds. The expectations set out are aligned with the UKRI policy on the governance of good research practice.
MRC and BBSRC: Managing the risks of research misuse
A joint policy statement of MRC, BBSRC and Wellcome on managing risks of research misuse for harmful purposes, also referred as ‘dual use research of concern’.
BBSRC: Safeguarding good scientific practice
This statement builds on the UKRI policy on the governance of good research practice, addressing the issues involved in the proper conduct of scientific research, and provides additional guidance on the standards expected.
UKRI terms and conditions
If you receive funding from UKRI you need to follow general terms and conditions for research grants or training funding, and any specific funding opportunity conditions.