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4th World Conference on Research Integrity Travel Grant

Application Criteria and Procedures

Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research
The Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research (SRCR) is mandated to:

  • promote high ethical standards in the responsible conduct of research; and
  • implement and promote educational activities related to the implementation of the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans, 2nd edition (TCPS 2) and the Framework on Responsible Conduct of Research (the Framework).

Background
The first World Conference on Research Integrity (WCRI) took place in 2007 in Europe (Lisbon). It was a combined effort of the European Science Foundation (ESF) and the US Office of Research Integrity (ORI). As the Final Report of the Conference states, “research integrity has emerged in recent years as a critical topic in policy research and has gained significant political and public attention worldwide. The Conference aimed at furthering world dialogue on this topic,” which was achieved through the participation of representatives of funding agencies, research institutions, academies of sciences, governmental and non-governmental organizations and publishers from about 50 countries.

The 1st WCRI established “a framework for continued discussion of research integrity on a global level and identified that challenges in promoting the integrity of the science system are in many ways fundamentally different for developing countries, countries in transition or emerging economies.” This awareness strengthened the idea that addressing research integrity in different science systems should be a global priority. The 1st WCRI made it clear that there was a need to foster public trust in science.

The 2nd WCRI (Singapore, 2010) stressed that “to deserve public trust and support, researchers must set and maintain high standards for integrity in all aspects of their work” and that a proactive agenda would be necessary. This agenda would help develop guidelines and recommendations for national and international structures to promote research integrity, including common curricula for training students and researchers in best practices. It was the 2nd WCRI that launched the Singapore Statement on Research Integrity. This document, now translated into many languages, lays out fundamental principles and responsibilities that should be considered in the global research enterprise.

The 3rd WCRI (Montreal, 2013) looked at research integrity in cross-national, cross-disciplinary and cross-sector partnerships, among other topics, creating a diverse forum to discuss the challenges in these partnerships, including responses to research misconduct and mechanisms to correct the literature. Authorship responsibilities in science also had a special place in the debates. In line with these concerns, the 3rd WCRI launched the Montreal Statement on Research Integrity in Cross-Boundary Research Collaborations, which builds on the Singapore Statement, but focuses mostly on the responsibilities of research partners in collaborative endeavours and on the accountability of authors for the outcomes of their research.

The upcoming 4th WCRI (Rio de Janeiro, 2015) will focus on Research Rewards and Integrity: Improving Systems to Promote Responsible Research.

Objective
SRCR’s objective with this Travel Grant is to promote RCR and to provide researchers, faculty, graduate students and institutional administrators responsible for RCR from Canadian institutions with an opportunity to engage and learn more about RCR from an international perspective. Attendees will
have the opportunity to learn the state of progress of research integrity across the globe, discuss RCR challenges and emerging topics, and exchange ideas and experience with national and institutional leaders, policy makers, research funders, professional societies, journal editors, publishers, researchers, educators, administrators, and students. Attendees will also be in a position to disseminate the knowledge and best practices gathered during the conference to enhance their institutions’ understanding of RCR and build on their existing RCR curriculum.

The Travel Grant will offer a maximum of 10 applicants financial assistance to attend the 4th WCRI in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from May 31 to June 3, 2015.

Grant details
SRCR’s 4th WCRI Travel Grant will assist with the costs of round trip air fare and accommodation to attend the conference. The maximum amount for a single grant is $2,500.

The total amount available for the 4WCRI Travel Grant program is $25,000 for fiscal year 2014-2015.

  • Application deadline: March 13, 2015.

  • Funding decisions will be communicated to applicants by March 31, 2015.

Eligibility
To apply for the Secretariat’s 4th WCRI Travel Grant, applicants must be:

  • affiliated with a Canadian institution eligible for funding from one of the three federal research Agencies: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) or the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), for example:
    • Faculty members who are active researchers
    • Institutional administrators with a responsibility for RCR matters
    • Graduate students at the doctoral or post-doctoral level
  • endorsed by their Canadian institution’s designated RCR contact (e.g., VP Research)

Grant administration

  • The Applicant assumes responsibility for the grant, in accordance with Agency guidelines.
  • The Institution assumes the administration of the grant, in accordance with Agency guidelines.
  • The Applicant will submit forecasted travel expenses as part of the application to SRCR.
  • Reimbursement claims for airfare and accommodation expenses must be approved by the Institution’s financial officer before they are submitted to SRCR for payment.
  • Original receipts, including all supporting documentation, must be received by SRCR no later than June 30, 2015.

Evaluation criteria
Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated experience/expertise and knowledge of responsible conduct of research and the Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Regional geographic balance from all Canadian-eligible institutions
  • Representation from across all disciplines
  • Representation from all career levels (from doctoral students to senior faculty members to institutional administrators)
  • Invitation to present at the conference or attend its Doctoral Forum
  • Institutional endorsement letter explaining why the Institution is approving the applicant’s attendance at the conference (e.g., individual teaches RCR curriculum; or is an active researcher with the responsibility of supervising a large number of graduate students; or is responsible for implementing the institution’s RCR policy). 

Grant application details  
The grant application should specify the following:

  • Name of Applicant
  • Name of Canadian Institution where the Applicant is affiliated or employed
  • Role of the Applicant within the Institution
  • Name, contact information and signature of Institutional contact endorsing the applicant
  • Name and contact information of  Institution’s finance department contact
  • Detailed breakdown of forecasted airfare (economy class) and accommodation costs, including travel dates
  • Goals and objectives for attending the conference
  • Rationale for Institution’s endorsement of the Applicant and the relevance and impact of RCR to the Applicant


4th WCRI Travel Grant Application Form

Please submit the application, and any supporting documentation, to the Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research at: 350 Albert Street, 16th Floor, Ottawa, Ontario  K1A 1H5 no later than March 13, 2015 . If you have any questions please call: 613-996-0072 or email: secretariat@rcr.ethics.gc.ca

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