Ethical questions

The Academy of Finland requires that the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity guidelines Responsible conduct of research and procedures for handling allegations of misconduct in Finland be followed in all Academy-funded research. We also require that researchers follow ALLEA’s (All European Academies) European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity when engaging in international collaboration.

Adherence to the principles of good scientific practice is primarily the responsibility of each individual researcher and research team, but the responsibility is also shared by the director of the research unit and the management of the organisations conducting research. Besides complying with good scientific practice, the research community and the individual researcher must also consider the legislation in force.

The site of research undertakes to submit to the Academy’s Registrar’s Office the final report of any investigations concerning violation of good scientific practice by the PI or a researcher of an Academy-funded project.

The Academy will not process a funding application if the applicant has been found guilty of research misconduct in the three years preceding the year of the call. If the Academy finds out about the misconduct during the funding period, whatever is left of the funding period will be added to the three-year limit. If the applicant appeals the decision on the misconduct, and the appeal is successful, the Academy will process the applicant’s new applications following normal procedures.

The European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity by All European Academies ALLEA has been updated and is available on their the ALLEA website. The latest update was made based on an initiative by the EU. The Code applies to all who apply for EU funding. The Academy of Finland is committed to following the guidelines of the Finnish Advisory Board of Research Integrity on responsible conduct of research. There is no conflict between the Advisory Board’s guidelines and the European Code of Conduct.

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