Economic and Social Research Councils Framework for Research Ethics 2015.pdf

Economic and Social Research Councils Framework for Research Ethics 2015.pdf

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1 ESRC Framework for research ethics Updated January 2015 Introduction ............................................................................................................................................ 2 Our principles and expectations for ethical research ................................................................... 4 1. ESRC’s minimum requirements ..................................................................................................... 6 1.1 Ethics issues should be identified in the proposal ............................................................. 6 1.2 All ESRC-funded research should be subject to ethics review ...................................... 7 1.3 Criteria for ethical consideration of research proposals ............................................. 10 1.4 RECs should be constituted and operate in accordance with the framework standards .................................................................................................................................. 11 1.5 ROs should establish procedures for monitoring research ............................................... 18 1.6 Complaints, appeals and conflict of interest procedures should be in place ................. 19 1.7 Arrangements should be made for training researchers, research students, supervisors and member of RECs ..................................................................................... 19 1.8 Student research and ethics review .................................................................................. 20 1.9 Arrangements should be made for collaborative research .......................................... 21 1.10 Duplication of submission should be avoided ................................................................. 22 1.11 Legal and data protection requirements should be met ............................................... 23 2. Frequently asked questions ......................................................................................................... 27 2.1 Assessing risk .......................................................................................................................... 27 2.2 Consent ................................................................................................................................... 29 2.3 Medical research .................................................................................................................... 33 2.4 Internet-mediated research ................................................................................................. 34 2.5 Research governance ............................................................................................................ 34 Appendix A: Example research ethics initial checklist ............................................................... 36 Appendix B: Example flowchart of review process .................................................................... 40 Appendix C: Key terms glossary ..................................................................................................... 41 Appendix D: Useful links including professional ethics codes and relevant legislation ....... 45 Appendix E: Example of ethical information in ESRC proposal ............................................... 50 Example of a completed Ethical Information section on ESRC proposal .............................. 50
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2 Introduction The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), in facilitating innovative and high quality research, expects that the research we support will be carried out to a high ethical standard. By establishing the Framework for Research Ethics (FRE) we confirm our commitment to a process of regular review through consultation with the research community and stakeholders, to ensure ethical standards reflect changing scientific agendas and policy developments. This document establishes key principles and minimum requirements and confirms what we regard as good practice for all social science research. It also identifies requirements for ethics review for the research we are asked to support. Whilst adherence to these requirements is mandatory for ESRC-funded research, the guidance is also a useful tool to other audiences including other funders, research organisations (ROs), Research Ethics Committees (RECs), individual researchers, research teams (including teams with non- academic researchers) and research participants. The principal ethics consideration should be to ensure the maximum benefit of the research whilst minimising the risk of actual or potential harm. Ethical procedures should seek to protect, as far as possible, all groups involved in research including participants, researchers and research teams, ROs, non-academic collaborative researchers (and organisations) and funders, throughout the lifecycle of the research. The research lifecycle includes the planning stage, the period of funding for the project and all activities that relate to the project once funding has ended. The research lifecycle also includes
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