Ethical guidelines

The principal investigator (the administrating organisation) has the responsibility to ensure that research conducted with funding from the Swedish Research Council complies with the terms and conditions specified in Swedish law. For certain research you must ensure that approval has been obtained from the Regional Ethical Review Board or the Ethical Committee on Animal Experiments in compliance with the law and regulations issued by the Government. Other permits might also be required, e.g. for research on drugs, genetically modified organisms, or ionising radiation. Furthermore, you must ensure that the project (or equivalent) is conducted in accordance with good research practices. You and the representative of the administrating organisation affirm your responsibility when you agree to the terms of the grant.

Present the ethical issues in your application

In your application you must present the ethical issues that the project (or equivalent) raises and describe how they will be addressed in the research. Present this information under a separate heading (Ethical Considerations) in the application. To be able to judge the feasibility of a project (or equivalent) fairly, it is essential that the application clearly present the ethical aspects.

Do not send approval of ethical review to the Swedish Research Council

Note that certain research may be conducted only after it has been approved via ethical review. The Act on Ethical Review of Research Involving Humans aims to protect people who are subjects of research, addressing physical, mental, and integrity-related concerns. Correspondingly, the Swedish Animal Welfare Act requires that an Ethical Committee on Animal Experiments approve the use of animals in experiments from an ethical standpoint prior to the commencement of research.
Approval from ethical review must be obtained prior to commencing research, but does not need to be sent to the Swedish Research Council. We assume that approval has been obtained before work commences on the research.

Misconduct in research

Researchers must always be honest in their results. A research must never distort, falsify, mislead or plagiarise.

Cheating in research — known as dishonesty in research — can lead to humans and animals being exposed to risk. This in turn can mean that confidence in researchers and research is damaged.

All research results must therefore be reported openly so that other researchers can check and repeat the research. Only then can the research be regarded as scientifically approved.

Examination of misconduct

The expert group on Central Ethical Review Board handles matters involving misconduct in research.

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Updated: 2017-04-24