The Agencies are committed to fostering and supporting an environment that promotes the responsible conduct of research. PRCR achieves this by enhancing public trust in research activities conducted under the auspices of Canadian institutions and organizations receiving funding from the Agencies.
Consistent with the RCR Framework, PRCR:
- reviews institutional investigation reports;
- recommends recourse in cases of confirmed breaches, if appropriate;
- provides advice to the Agencies on matters related to the RCR; and
- provides advice to the Agencies on future revisions to the RCR Framework.
PRCR is supported by the Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research (SRCR).
The Advisory Panel on Responsible Conduct of Research (PRCR) is composed of members drawn from across the country to represent a wide spectrum of expertise and experience in ethics, responsible conduct of research, research administration, research in the health, natural and social sciences, humanities and engineering, law, as well as the lay community.
The members of the Panel are:
- Gayle MacDonald
Associate Vice President, Research
Professor, Sociology/Women's Studies
Mount Saint Vincent University
- Penny Moody-Corbett
Associate Dean, Research
Senior Associate Dean, Lakehead Campus
Northern Ontario School of Medicine
- Ex-officio Member: Susan Zimmerman
Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research
Terms of Reference
The Panel on Responsible Conduct of Research (PRCR), suppor d by the Secretariat, functions as an interdisciplinary review and advisory body. It provides the three federal research granting agencies (the Agencies) with a coherent and uniform approach to promoting the responsible conduct of research and addressing allegations of breaches of Tri-Agency policies, consistent with the Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research (the Framework).
PRCR is mandated to:
- consider allegations of breaches of Tri-Agency policies by reviewing institutional investigation reports;
- recommend recourse, if appropriate, consistent with the Framework;
- provide advice to the Agencies on matters related to the responsible conduct of research;
- provide advice to the Agencies on revisions to the Framework; and
- review the Framework every five years.
Members of PRCR will be appointed jointly by Agency Presidents. PRCR will include the Executive Director of the Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research as an ex officio member.
In addition to geographical and gender representation, PRCR membership provides:
- A balanced representation of individuals from the fields of biomedical and health sciences, social sciences and humanities, and natural science and engineering;
- Expertise or experience in the area of research ethics, and integrity; and
- Representation from the institutional administration level and the community.
All members of PRCR are volunteers. Members do not receive honoraria in compensation for their contribution of expertise and time, though the Secretariat will cover associated travel and accommodation expenses.
Members of PRCR and its Chair are appointed by the Presidents of the three Agencies for a three-year term, renewable once. The appointments will be staggered to provide flexibility and continuity.
PRCR convenes bi-monthly, normally via teleconference. It may convene more frequently if required.
The Executive Director and staff of the Secretariat participate in PRCR meetings to provide members with the necessary background, information and advice on Tri-Agency policies relevant to the meeting discussions.
A majority of its members (50% plus 1), which must include the Chair or his/her designate.
PRCR reports to the Presidents of the three Agencies on policy matters related to the Framework. The PRCR Chair reports annually on PRCR's activities to each of the Agencies' Councils.
In cases of confirmed breaches, PRCR (through the Secretariat) reports its recommended recourse to the President of the Agency whose funds are involved. The President is the final decision making authority.
Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research (2016)
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