Responsible Conduct of Research
The IRCM has established an internal policy on Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) to implement the requirements of the three federal granting agencies, namely the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), as stipulated in the Tri-Agency Framework: RCR, as well as those of the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ), as stated in the FRQ's Policy for the RCR.
The IRCM's internal policy on RCR applies to any research conducted under the authority of the IRCM or under its aegis, and not only to research funded by the three federal agencies. The objectives of this internal policy are the following:
- Ensure that the funding decisions made by the agencies are based on accurate and reliable information;
- Ensure public funds for research are used responsibly and in accordance with funding agreements;
- Promote and protect the quality, accuracy, and reliability of research funded by the agencies;
- Promote fairness in the conduct of research and in the process for addressing allegations of policy breaches.
Benoît Coulombe is the designated person in charge of RCR at the Institute. This person promotes a RCR culture within the IRCM, receives allegations of non-compliance with RCR and deploys the process of handling allegations of non-compliance with RCR.