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Durham University

Research and Innovation Services

Compliance with External Requirements

Concordat to support research integrity

The concordat to support research integrity aims to provide a comprehensive (UK) national framework for good research conduct and its governance. Compliance with the concordat is required by the Higher Edcuation Funding Council for England (HEFCE) as well as a significant number of UK research funders. The University takes its obligations under the concordat seriously and reviews its performance formally on an annual basis - this includes highlighting development areas and formulating action plans. A link to our most recent mapping is available here:

The Unviersity confirms that it is in full compliance.

National Science Foundation - Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency of the United States of America, created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense. As a condition of receiving NSF Funding, recipient organisations must confirm compliance against the following criteria:

Requirement Evidence

Certifies that it has an Institutional Plan to meet NSF’s Educational Requirements for the Responsible Conduct of Research, as required under the “America COMPETES Act” PUBLIC LAW 110-69-August 9, 2007.

"each institution that applies for financial assistance from the Foundation for science and engineering research or education describe in its grant proposal a plan to provide ppropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers participating in the proposed research project.''

The University certifies that it has an institutional plan to meet the NSF's Educational requirements under the America COMPETES Act.

The University’s high level position and its acknowledgment of its responsibilities is codified within its 'Research integrity policy & code of good practice'. Its institutional plan is integrated within the annual Research integrity assurance report.

Certifies that it has a training program in place and will train all undergraduate and graduate students and postdocs in accordance with NSF’s RCR requirements.

The University operates a series of training programmes in responsible conduct of research across the staff and student body. Details and examples of the programmes can be found within the Research integrity assurnace report. The University confirms that these programmes are sufficient in their rigour and content to meet the NSF's RCR requirements.