In 2011, Canada's three federal research agencies, CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC, jointly created the Panel on Responsible Conduct of Research (PRCR) as part of a collaborative objective to ensure a coherent and uniform approach for promoting responsible conduct of research and for addressing allegations of breaches of Tri-Agency Policies, consistent with the Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research (the Framework).
The Framework, adopted by the Agencies in December 2011, describes Agency policies and requirements related to applying for and managing Agency funds, performing research, and disseminating results, and the processes that institutions and agencies follow in the event of an allegation of a breach of an Agency policy.
The PRCR reviews institutional investigation reports; recommends recourse in cases of confirmed breaches, if appropriate, consistent with the Framework; provides advice to the Agencies on matters related to the responsible conduct of research; and provides advice to the Agencies on future revisions to the Framework. The PRCR, supported by the Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research (SRCR), contributes to better governance of the responsible conduct of research in Canada by helping to foster a research environment that supports and promotes the responsible conduct of research and by enhancing public trust in research activities undertaken under the auspices of Canadian institutions and organizations receiving funding from the Agencies.
July 19, 2016
Disclosure of a Serious Breach
January 8, 2016
Consultation on Proposed Changes to the RCR Framework