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Introducing the Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research (2016)

For immediate release –

Ottawa, ON (December 23, 2016)

A message from the three federal research agencies – the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

The Presidents of the Agencies are pleased to announce the release of the revised version of the Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research — RCR Framework (2016). The RCR Framework (2016) replaces the original Framework that was published in 2011.

The Panel on Responsible Conduct of Research is mandated by the Agency Presidents to review the RCR Framework every five years. These revisions reflect feedback received over the last five years from the research community and a public consultation conducted between January 2016 and April 2016.

The revisions to the RCR Framework include:

  • clarification of definitions of researcher responsibilities and corresponding breaches;
  • new responsibilities for researchers participating in Agency review processes;
  • information on annual reporting requirements for institutions;
  • a new institutional requirement that all anonymous allegations must be considered;
  • guidance on how to address allegations when more than one institution is involved.
To receive updates on the evolution of the RCR Framework and on other RCR-related initiatives/developments, please subscribe to our RCR mailing list.


Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research
350 Albert Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 1H5 Canada