Research integrity within the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO)
To support the use of animals in research if researchers can show that it is legally, ethically and scientifically justified.
In 2013, a taskforce at FWO set out to propose measures to ensure research integrity. The taskforce was made up of academics from Flemish universities and from various research areas. It was chaired by Professor Jacob Fokkema, Honorary Rector of TU Delft and member of the Board of Trustees of the FWO. The conclusions of the taskforce have been the subject of intensive consultation between the FWO and Flemish universities. The proposals were approved by the Board of Trustees in June 2015. Attention was directed to prevention and awareness raising, detection and monitoring, corrective action and sanctioning. The following measures were implemented:
• incorporation of a clause in calls, application forms and agreements;
• profiles for researchers, supervisors and institutions, with rights and duties;
• amendments to the regulations;
• further development of the procedures used by the FWO and the host institutions of the researchers to deal with infringements.
Reference of the resource
Research integrity within the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO), 2015.