The Academy partners in €2.8 million project

27 June 2018

The PRO-RES (PROmoting integrity in the use of RESearch results) project, coordinated by the European Science Foundation (ESF), France, aims at building a research ethics and integrity framework devised cooperatively with the full range of stakeholders. The Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS) is a partner in this €2.8 million project along with 13 other European scientific institutions aiming to build an ethics/integrity framework for all non-medical research.

This consortium of 14 scientific institutions from 10 countries will draw upon previous foundational work funded by the European Commission, and other national and international agencies: “…PRO-RES is to be as inclusive as possible when targeting the ‘non-medical’ sciences. The consortium partner composition is very diverse by design, ensuring that all relevant communities, to the extent possible, are represented.” says Dr. Jean-Claude Worms, Chief Executive of ESF, coordinator of PRO-RES. The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

Fraud or corrupt practices by researchers can lead to serious damage to society and the physical environment. Reliable and transparent research, divorced from political ideology and undeclared vested interests, produces robust evidence that benefits social wellbeing and societal progress.

“This funding Call targets the very people we need to reach to ensure that pleas for integrity in science and research are more than mere tokens. Ethical values, principles and standards need to be part of the ‘culture’ of research and science policy must recognise that need and the most effective way to support it,” says Dr. Ron Iphofen, initiator of the PRO-RES idea.

PRO-RES builds upon the previous work of the Academy of Social Sciences’ working group on research ethics with which Fellows Robert Dingwall, Helen Kara, Ron Iphofen, Janet Lewis and John Oates were all involved. All have been working for some years addressing the nature of research governance and ethical review, encouraging fair and independent monitoring of research integrity and ensuring better understanding of the ethics of diverse and innovative research methods. The Academy team also includes Overseas Fellows from Australia – Mark Israel, Gary Allen and Colin Thomson have equal expertise and experience in offering advice and guidance on ethics and integrity in research. Together the team strengthens the role of the Academy as a consortium partner in a project that will help ensure that research is conducted ethically from design to dissemination.

For further details about the PRO-RES project, please contact Aarti Basnyat, Communications Manager, Academy of Social Sciences at [email protected] or +44 (0) 20 7682 4663