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Ethics for Researchers, Facilitating Research Excellence in FP7

Funded under: FP7

Abstract

Ethics Reviews are an integral component of the assessment procedure supported by the European Commission. They are intended to ensure that all the research activities carried out under the Framework Programme are conducted in compliance with fundamental ethical principles.
The ethics review process resembles the little child in the fairytale 'The Emperor's New Clothes' by Hans Christian Andersen. It's about getting to the heart of the matter, avoiding the human susceptibility to be easily deceived and challenging predispositions to social conformity. Ethics is about telling the truth and it is central to scientific integrity.
FP7 is a significant source of public funding dedicated to supporting a sound research community for a better European future. Through ethics review the publics' concerns relating to science are represented and addressed. The scientific community merits such funding and its appreciation is measured by its approach to ethical issues. For FP7 the Commission will focus on integrating ethics into research. This article is not intended to be an academic text book on ethics, it is a pragmatic guide to help researchers to grasp the basics and apply them with confidence. Remember, in FP7, the ethics review will be carried out on the proposal submitted, no additional information will be requested. It is essential to get it right first time.

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Record Number: 8459 / Last updated on: 2007-03-22
Category: MISC
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