New guidelines for using AI in Europe

The European Commission, together with the countries in the European Research Area (ERA) and other stakeholders, has developed guidelines for responsible use of generative AI in research and innovation.

The guidelines are intended as support for researchers, research organisations and research funding bodies in the rapid development of AI. The purpose is to create a unified approach and responsible use of generative AI in research and innovation in Europe.

Some of the main points in the guidelines:

  • AI tools should be avoided in the peer review process, for example the assessment of applications for research funding.
  • Researchers using generative AI should be particularly alert to issues relating to integrity, confidentiality, and intellectual property rights.
  • Research organisations should facilitate responsible use of generative AI and actively monitor how these tools are developed and used within their own organisations.
  • Research funding bodies should encourage researcher applying for funding to be transparent in their use of AI in their applications.

The guidelines will be updated regularly, as AI technology develops. The European Commission encourages researchers and other stakeholders to contribute to the development of the guidelines by providing feedback via a survey.

“We welcome a joint approach to AI in Europe, which harmonises with our own guidelines,” says Katarina Bjelke, Director General of the Swedish Research Council.

Read the new guidelines on the European Commission’s website: “Living guidelines on the responsible use of generative AI in research” External link.

The European Commission’s survey for feedback about the guidelines External link.

The Swedish Research Council’s guidelines for the use of AI tools

Researchers applying for funding from us may use generative AI when completing their applications. However, AI tools must not be used in the scientific assessment of applications. On the other hand, they may be used to improve the language of written statements.

The Swedish Research Council’s guidelines for the use of AI tools



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