- any activity associated with an investigation that is undertaken to gain original knowledge, understanding or insight, or the
- development of new products and processes that have application or uses in society.
VU’s Research Integrity Policy encompasses seven broad areas of research conduct that are underpinned by nine principles for the responsible and ethical conduct of research.
Area of research conduct
The seven broad areas of research conduct are outlined in the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research. They are:
- management of research data and primary materials
- supervision of research trainees
- publication and dissemination of research findings
- peer review
- managing conflicts of interest
- collaborative research with organisations and individuals outside VU.
Principles for the responsible and ethical conduct of research
VU is committed to the nine principles and values underpinning responsible and ethical research.
We aim to ensure that all staff and students undertaking research:
- respect and protect human research participants, animals and the environment
- protect the privacy and confidentiality of research participants
- design, conduct and report research findings in an ethical and safe manner
- ensure research material and data is safely and securely stored, and disposed of in an appropriate manner
- encourage and respect freedom of expression and enquiry
- accurately and honestly report findings within a reasonable time
- acknowledge the role of others in research
- are not influenced or affected by conflicts of interest
respond to concerns about research integrity in a fair and timely manner.