Responsible Conduct of Research

Canada's federal research funding agencies—SSHRC, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)—are committed to fostering and maintaining an environment that supports and promotes the responsible conduct of research.

To support this commitment, the agencies established the Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR Framework), which describes agency policies and requirements related to applying for and managing agency funds, performing research, and disseminating results. It also explains what constitutes a breach of these responsibilities and outlines the process that institutions and agencies follow in the event of an allegation of a breach of the RCR Framework.

The Panel on Responsible Conduct of Research, an advisory body to the agencies, ensures a coherent and uniform approach to promoting the responsible conduct of research and addressing allegations of breaches of agency policies. It is supported in its work by the Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research (SRCR).

For more information on the RCR Framework or the responsible conduct of research, contact the SRCR by email at or by telephone at 343-803-4358 or toll free at 1-888-366-3851.

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