The ARC expects the highest standards of integrity in all aspects of research it funds. Research must be conducted according to appropriate ethical, legal and professional frameworks, obligations and standards in a research environment underpinned by a culture of integrity.
In order to safeguard the integrity of the ARC’s peer review, grant selection and research evaluation processes, funding recommendations and research outcomes, the ARC Research Integrity and Research Misconduct Policy requires institutions to report to the ARC the details of research integrity or research misconduct matters which have been investigated and resulted in corrective or disciplinary actions being taken. It also describes pathways via the ARC through which allegations of integrity breaches can be referred to institutions for investigation.
The ARC Research Integrity and Research Misconduct Policy complements ARC Funding Rules, which require compliance with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2007) and other applicable national codes and guidelines and their successor documents.
The Australian Research Integrity Committee (ARIC) is an independent body, jointly established by the ARC and the National Health and Medical Research Council, to provide a system to review institutional responses to allegations of research misconduct.